Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX.
The Jurassic World helmer’s appointment was confirmed at D23 by Walt Disney chairman Alan Horn. In a piece on StarWars.com, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy said;
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed. 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 also commented on his hiring;
“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 was recently confirmed that The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams would not return for Episode IX, opening the door for Trevorrow to step into the hotseat.
Episode IX will be released in 2019.