Uh-oh, it looks like there’s some behind-the-scenes drama in a galaxy far, far away.
Less than two weeks after not showing up to this year’s Star Wars Celebration, director Josh Trank has departed the second standalone Star Wars film.
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In a statement posted to StarWars.com, the 31-year-old Fantastic Four director said his exit from the project was a “personal decision” and he aims “to move forward on a different path.”
“I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities,” he said. “That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans.”
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Trank was scheduled to appear on the April 19 panel at Star Wars Celebration, which was to be a conversation with Gareth Edwards and Trank. (Edwards is directing Rogue One, the first anthology film to be released December 2016.)
At the time, it was explained to a hall full of disappointed fans that he was “feeling under the weather,” causing immediate suspicion and speculation as to the real reason behind his absence.
That afternoon, Trank even tweeted an apology about his no-show, blaming the “worst flu of my life.”
Looks like we got the real reason after all.
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