The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is in Japan talking up Star Wars, and at a press conference he said the movie is all but finished, with “only a few days left of work.” He also announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a voice cameo as an alien.
He addressed the rumors about him possibly taking over IX in the wake of Colin Trevorrow’s departure. He certainly doesn’t come across like he’s counting on it:
“It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I ‘m not sure what’s going to happen. For me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience and now I’m just thinking about putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it. …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.”
…But actually reading it, He’s saying, well, just about nothing. Which is exactly what I’d expect from someone who may actually be in the running.
The presser is on video, thankfully: