Insider claims Damon Lindelof has exited his Star Wars movie

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Damon Lindelof has reportedly exited his Star Wars movie.

According to insider news site Above the Line, Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson have exited their planned Star Wars project despite turning in a new draft of their script just last month. Per the report, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is still on board to direct with production set to start in February of 2024.

"I will just say, that for reasons that I can't get into on this Sunday morning, on this day, the degree of difficulty is extremely, extremely, extremely high. If it can't be great, it shouldn't exist," Lindelof told Slash Film at SXSW just last week. "That's all I'll say, because I have the same association with it as you do, which is, it's the first movie I saw sitting in my dad's lap, four years old, May of '77. 

"I think it's possible that sometimes when you hold something in such high reverence and esteem, you start to get in the kitchen and you just go, 'Maybe I shouldn't be cooking. Maybe I should just be eating.' We'll just leave it at that point."

The news comes as no surprise as several Star Wars projects have reportedly been shelved. Lucasfilm is no longer moving forward with Patty Jenkins and Kevin Feige's Star Wars movies, per a recent Variety report. Taika Waititi's Star Wars movie seems to still be going ahead.

Lindelof's Star Wars project is still slated for a 2025 release date without his involvement. For more, keep up to date with our list of all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows coming soon.

Lauren Milici
Senior Writer, Tv & Film

Lauren Milici is a Senior Entertainment Writer for GamesRadar+ currently based in the Midwest. She previously reported on breaking news for The Independent's Indy100 and created TV and film listicles for Ranker. Her work has been published in Fandom, Nerdist, Paste Magazine, Vulture, PopSugar, Fangoria, and more.