But, Johnson quashed these speculations by saying that he will be "really excited to be an audience member again" after December 15.
During a press conference in Japan when asked about the empty director's chair for the next movie in the saga, Johnson shared, "It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don't know what's going to happen with it. For me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience. Now I'm just thinking about putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it. So no, I'm not really thinking about that right now."
Adding, "Whoever does it, I'm going to be really excited to be an audience member again, and to sit down and see what the next filmmaker has to show us and where this story ends up going."
Trevorrow's exit from the third installment in Disney's relaunch trilogy for the fan-favourite franchise came early last week via a statement from Lucasfilm that described the split as being "mutually chosen."