Earlier today at D23 Expo, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) would be helming Star Wars: Episode IX. Trevorrow joins a talented crop of filmmakers who are contributing to this new series of Star Wars films, including J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII), Gareth Edwards (Star Wars: Rogue One) and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (the untitled Han Solo project). Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the new trilogy of films that begins when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18.
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, said in a statement. (She wasn’t at D23 Expo because, as Horn explained, she’s taking her daughter to college.) “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”
For his part, Trevorrow said, in a statement: “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.” It’s easy to see the Lucas influence in Trevorrow’s work, particularly the wide-eyed wonder with which he views the world, and it will be interesting to see what he does with the material.
Star Wars: Episode IX will premiere in 2019 (in a galaxy far, far away).