Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn confirmed the rumors that Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Trevorrow’s most recent film, Jurassic World, has brought in more than $636 million since opening in theaters on June 12, 2015. Trevorrow also directed 2012’s critically acclaimed indie film Safety Not Guaranteed.
Per the official announcement made at the D23 Expo, Trevorrow will start working with Lucasfilm artists as well as other Star Wars directors this year. Star Wars: Episode IX will open in theaters on 2019, completing the new trilogy of Star Wars films. “Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” stated 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.”
“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,” said Trevorrow. “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.”
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