Damon Lindelof Was ‘Asked to Leave’ Star Wars Project

Shannen Ace

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Damon Lindelof Was ‘Asked to Leave’ Star Wars Project

We learned last month that Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson had exited their “Star Wars” film after turning in a script. Lindelof revealed on Esquire’s “Explain This” that he was asked to leave the project.

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“I was in more than talks to join the Star Wars universe,” Lindelof said. “I joined the Star Wars universe and was asked to leave.”

Lindelof’s script reportedly featured an elderly Rey training two Jedi knights, one played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

“Will I get back in line outside the club and try to get back in again?” Lindelof continued. “Absolutely. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, or again again try, as Yoda would say.”

Future “Star Wars” Movies

Lucasfilm did announce a new “Star Wars” film focused on Rey leading a “new Jedi Order,” with Daisy Ridley returning. It will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and take place 15 years after “The Rise of Skywalker.”

James Mangold will direct a pre-Old Republic film about the origins of the Force. Dave Filoni will direct a film taking place between “The Mandalorian” and “The Force Awakens.” Taika Waititi is still set to direct a “Star Wars” film.

Rian Johnson, the filmmaker behind “The Last Jedi,” still hopes to make a new “Star Wars” trilogy, which he originally announced before the 2017 release of “The Last Jedi.” His current workload consists of a continuation of popular Benoit Blanc movies (“Knives Out,” “Glass Onion”) for Netflix and the “Poker Face” series on Peacock.

Taika Waititi, the filmmaker behind “Thor: Love and Thunder,” is continuing to work on his “Star Wars” project. The project was originally projected to wrap this year, but Waititi shared last summer that the film was on hold as he worked on the HBO Max series “Our Flag Means Death.” Back in June 2022, Waititi said, “I’m still trying to figure out what the story is.”

“Star Wars: Rogue Squadron,” directed by Patty Jenkins, was originally slated for a Christmas 2023 release, but was delayed and then removed from Disney’s release schedule entirely. Jenkins said in December that she was still developing “Rogue Squadron” but sources with knowledge of the production say it is no longer in active development at Lucasfilm.

It was announced in 2019 that Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige would also be making a new “Star Wars” film. He even brought on screenwriter Michael Waldron as of May 2022. This film has also reportedly been shelved.

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