According to Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Trevorrow stepped away from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker before his first script draft was completed. Like the majority of Disney's Star Wars movies so far, Star Wars 9 had a bumpy journey to the big screen. Trevorrow was initially hired to co-write and direct the film with Derek Connolly, following their success with Jurassic World in 2015. However, some two years later, they stepped away from the project, citing creative differences with #Lucasfilm.
Artistic disagreements with Kennedy and the other heads of Lucasfilm were the only issue #Trevorrow had to deal with during his time writing Star Wars 9. Carrie Fisher was originally meant to play a large role as Leia in his version of the film, but her tragic death in late 2016 meant those plans had to change. Then, in the months that followed, the Trevorrow-directed The Book of Henry bombed at the box office, further leading some to question his ability to handle the finale to the Star Wars sequel trilogy. As it turns out, though, Lucasfilm knew things weren't going to work out with Trevorrow earlier than previously indicated.