Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow was never the obvious choice to direct Star Wars Episode VII, but thanks to reports that he’d met with Lucasfilm producers, he’s been rumored to be in the running for the past several weeks. While Trevorrow’s never confirmed that he was in the mix, he hasn’t explicitly denied it, either. Until now.

“It’s not going to be me for Episode VII, and I can’t believe I’ve actually had to come out and say that,” the filmmaker told THR. “That was the most shocking thing, like around the dinner table when I was 8, I had to assure everyone that it wasn’t me, but now actually for real. But there are a lot of things that have come up that are a lot of exciting opportunities that have come up because of this.”

Technically, that statement still leaves the door open for Episodes VIII and IX, neither of which have directors either at this point. Or, a more cynical interpretation could be that he’s purposely avoiding squelching the rumors completely, since — as he himself says above — the Star Wars buzz has been helpful for his career. In any case, it seems we can cross him off the list of possible Star Wars helmers for now.

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