During San Diego Comic-Con last month, it was rumored that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow would be helming Star Wars: Episode IX for Disney and Lucasfilm. This was originally planned to be announced at The Force Awakens panel, but it never happened. However, with the Star Wars D23 Expo panel underway, it has been confirmed.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Colin Trevorrow is set to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which will be released sometime in 2019. It will close out the trilogy that will be started by The Force Awakens. I guess we now know why Trevorrow isn’t directing 2018’s Jurassic World 2.
Check out the official announcement below, and stay tuned for more news as we have it.
Today at D23, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.
While production won’t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors. “Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”
Trevorrow states “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.”
Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.