Damon Lindelof is leaving the upcoming Star Wars movie
Justin Britt-Gibson has also dropped out. Shameen Obaid-Chinoy remains on board to lead the project, which is set for release in 2024.
Damon Lindelof flies from a galaxy far, far away. The Leftovers and Watchmen creators will no longer be writing the screenplay for an upcoming Star Wars movie, Deadline reports.
Lindelof is leaving the project along with his co-author Justin Britt-Gibson, and a replacement author has yet to be announced. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, best known for directing episodes of Disney+’s Ms. Marvel,” reportedly remains committed to directing the film. Details of the project’s plot are still under wraps, but are expected to be revealed at next month’s Star Wars Celebration, April 7-10.
IndieWire has reached out to Lucasfilm for comment.
The film is still expected to be one of, if not the first, films in the Star Wars franchise since 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. Currently, Disney has a slot in its theatrical release calendar for an untitled “Star Wars” movie dated December 19, 2025, but it’s unclear if that’s Obaid-Chinoy’s feature film or some other project.
Lindelof is one of several high-profile creators involved with film projects in the franchise that have departed or had projects stuck in development. Earlier this month it was reported that Patty Jenkins’ long-delayed Rogue Squadron and a film produced by Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige were shelved at Lucasfilm.
Since Rise of Skywalker, which debuted with mixed reactions from most critics and fans, and spin-off film Solo underperformed in 2018, Lucasfilm and Disney have been extremely cautious about bringing the franchise back to theaters. In addition to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the studio currently has two other Star Wars films in development: a film from Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy and a film from Taika Waititi, which will direct Thor: Love and Thunder leads and possibly stars .
The Star Wars franchise has instead existed primarily on television since 2019, with Disney+ launching several live-action shows in the universe including The Mandalorian, Andor, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi , ” and the upcoming “Ahsoka”. It was announced Monday that Everything Everywhere All at Once directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert will direct the upcoming Star Wars show Skeleton Crew.
As for Lindelof, the acclaimed writer isn’t entirely out of sci-fi; his Peacock series Mrs. Davis” premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival earlier this month and will debut on streaming on April 20.
Above the Line broke the news of Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson’s departure from the Star Wars film.
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