Although J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) ultimately took over directorial duties on Star Wars: Episode IX following the departure of Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) earlier this year, there was some speculation that David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) might end up directing the final installment in the sequel trilogy. Now, Fincher has revealed that he did talk with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, but decided he doesn't want the stress of directing a film in the blockbuster series.
"I talked to Kathy about that. It's a plum assignment... but I can't imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of the last two or three," Fincher Empire Film Podcast. "That's a whole other level. One is that you have to endure the withering abuse of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and the other is you have to live up to a billion or a billion-five, and that becomes its own kind of pressure."
"You'd have to really clear your head," he continued. "You'd have to really be sure this is what you wanted to do. Either way, it's two years of your life, 14 hours a day, seven days a week. There's no getting around it."
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the next installment in the hugely popular franchise. That film features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Benicio del Toro as DJ and Laura Dern as Amilyn Holdo. The film opens on December 15.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to arrive in theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.