Damon Lindelof Confirms ‘Star Wars’ Exit Wasn’t His Decision

Between HBO’s Watchmen and Peacock series Mrs. Davis, Damon Lindelof is riding high. Lindelof was hoping to bring some of that magic to Lucasfilm with a new Star Wars movie, only to learn a few months ago that he had left the project, replaced by director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and writer Steven Knight. So what really happened there? Turns out, the decision to leave wasn’t Lindelof’s.

Speaking with Esquire, Lindelof revealed that his exit from Star Wars was not mutual.

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

Sounds like “creative differences” were at fault here. Kathleen Kennedy, for good reason, needs that universe to run smoothly, so if something isn’t working out then best to just move on.

We’ve since learned that film will see the return of Daisy Ridley as Rey Skywalker. It might actually work out better having a female filmmaker on such a project, but still, it has to hurt Lindelof to not be included.

That said, is he finished with Star Wars? Maybe not forever.

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


Travis Hopson
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