It's Official - Colin Trevorrow Will Be Directing 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

August 15, 2015

Colin Trevorrow - Star Wars

It's official - Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will next be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. While it has been rumored thanks to a scoop by Heroic Hollywood for a few weeks, it's now official, as the news landed on after first being announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. "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." After Jurassic World setting box office records, he can do pretty much whatever he wants. Interesting to see him make this leap.

Here's a few of the important quotes from the press release announcing Colin Trevorrow's attachment:

"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."

Colin Trevorrow adds: "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."

This confirms the set of directors for the new trilogy of Star Wars movies - J.J. Abrams bringing us The Force Awakens this year. Then it's Rian Johnson helping write the screenplays for Episodes VIII and IX. Johnson will then direct Episode VIII, then he'll hand over the reigns to Colin Trevorrow to direct Episode IX. In the meantime, we have Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story somewhere in between those. As for the next anthology solo movie, that has yet to be determined with Trank's project falling apart and the Han Solo one being pushed to 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18th this year. Sounds like a plan.

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Reader Feedback - 21 Comments


After seeing Jurrasic World I'm not too confident in this decision. This seems to be Disney's first poor choice in terms of people working on the new films so far. I sincerely hope that he can prove me wrong.

ListenToVinyl on Aug 15, 2015


Uninspired choice, his directing in Jurassic World was bland and nothing special.

Firefly15 on Aug 15, 2015


Jurassic World was awful... but it made a ton of cash for some unknown reason... so he's an obvious but flawed choice imo.

Mr Chatterbox on Aug 15, 2015


Since when does a movie that made a ton of $= great movie? JW was awful. come on. Can anyone really tell me as a movie lover that there was anything to like about it? The high heels? Or the fact that 1993 cg still looked better IMO. Not liking this choice one bit. Too many other talented directors out there with a better resume. So why him? Really because JW made money? meh

Sascha Dikiciyan on Aug 15, 2015


What? Was Michael Bay busy? God... this is a horrific choice.

RT3413 on Aug 15, 2015


Bleh...actually I should have more hope for his SW film. I really thought JURASSIC WORLD was quite average. Most people just got wrapped in spectacle. I would rather see Duncan Jones or any of the Gen-X sci-fi directors.

DAVIDPD on Aug 15, 2015


Duncan would have been a great director IMO. I still have high hopes for Ryan J cause I thought Looper was great.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Aug 15, 2015


may god help us all

Ryan on Aug 15, 2015


Like it or not, his film beat out AoU at the box office, which I would never have expected. Maybe therefore fan favourite directors (as Whedon clearly was) don't always guarantee a great film.

Payne by name on Aug 15, 2015


Well dont compare two of the five highest grossing films of all times.

Jon Odishaw on Aug 18, 2015


yeah because box office revenue is a clear indication of quality. (Michael Bay is laughing at you)

FreeJared on Aug 23, 2015


jurrasic world was not exciting, but the story was told in a right way. A movie that makes that kind of money has a big appeal for a normal crowd. We are movie nerds ,so our opinion doesn't count for the movie studios . And I liked safety guaranteed very much, so this is a good choice for me... One thing is sure, he won't screw it up,but maybe a little bit boring....

ari smulders on Aug 15, 2015


This guy must be cheap to hire. They spared no expense!

capitandelespacio on Aug 16, 2015


I don't think you understand what sparing no expense means.

Mitch Boyce on Aug 16, 2015


This guy *might not* be cheap to hire. Sorry, my bad.

capitandelespacio on Aug 18, 2015


Relax people! In Star Wars it's not so much the director that counts, as it is the script. If the script is good, we have nothing to worry about.

TheOct8pus on Aug 16, 2015


Good Lord Disney is going to milk this to death.

Jim Dawkins on Aug 16, 2015


I enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed quite a bit, not so much Jurassic World. I don't know if there's a director that could've made Jurassic World bomb at the box office (except maybe due to negative name recognition, like an M. Night or so), but I suppose it shows he can handle a big budget and listen to the higher ups. Anyway, it's Star Wars so I'll always atleast look forward to see what'll happen.

Neuromancer on Aug 17, 2015


Is Rian Johnson still directing a sw film??

Xerxexx on Aug 17, 2015


I loved JW flaws and all. This is a smart decision for Disney, obviously. They want to make money.

ion677 on Aug 17, 2015


I was hoping for Steven Spielberg!

MLTC on Aug 18, 2015

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