Fresh from chalking up the third highest-grossing film of all time, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is going to direct Star Wars Episode IX.
The film is set for a 2019 release – although of course there’s plenty of Star Wars action coming before then – and Trevorrow will be joining current directors and artist on set later this year.
“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,” Trevorrow said after the news was announced at the D23 Expo 2015.
“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 the Star Wars movies, which begins with The Force Awakens this December.
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” said 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.”
It’s expected that Rian Johnson, who will direct Episode XIII, will be involved in the writing of Trevorrow’s film as well.