It would be a supreme letdown for the movie that caps the latest Star Wars trilogy to be a disjointed mess due to constant creative change-overs. Just imagine how social media would have reacted about Ewoks back then! And while we have to wait until February for his Black Panther, the gorgeous trailers alone prove he knows how to handle incredible costumes and set pieces-a huge aspect of any Star Wars film.
In today's Hollywood, being chosen to take on the saga is like getting the industry's golden ticket. And with less than 100 days to go until the movie arrives in theaters, the film should only continue to dominate online conversations.
In June, Lucasfilm sacked directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("21 Jump Street", "The Lego Movie"), who were just weeks away from wrapping principal photography on the hotly-anticipated Han Solo spinoff.
Rian Johnson spoke to Empire about the choice of a clean casino in the middle of the movie and the director had some interesting reasons for choosing the location. But "Star Wars" has the unique advantage of having incredible resources that it can rebound.
The pair were replaced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard after clashing with Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan, according to reports. And "Episode IX" (which is still in script stage) will soon be taken over by someone else.
"Sources say that the working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy became unmanageable", The Hollywood Reporter says.
And even when the "Star Wars" powers-that-be aren't into what a director did, they bring in someone to get it right, as was the case with director Gareth Edwards on "Rogue One". So, she definitely has experience directing action projects.
The seventh Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, which was directed by J.J. Abrams, took in more than US$2 billion at the box office in 2015.
The responsibility of adding on to the Star Wars franchise can be daunting and in an interview with The New York Times Johnson admitted that he had freaked out when he was offered the role of director by Lucasfilm, saying that he couldn't sleep well days after the offer was made.