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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’: Colin Trevorrow Confirmed to Direct

“Jurassic World” helmer Colin Trevorrow has been confirmed as the director of “Star Wars: Episode IX,” it was announced at D23 Expo in Anaheim.

Trevorrow shepherded “Jurassic World” to become the third highest-grossing movie ever, knocking Marvel’s “Avengers” from that spot.

“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “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 added, “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.”

As previously announced, Rian Johnson is directing “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” Johnson is known for his work on “Looper” and “The Brothers Bloom.” That film is scheduled for for release on May 26, 2017. “Episode IX” is slated for a 2019 release, while a standalone Han Solo origin film, directed by “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street” helmers Chris Miller and Phil Lord, will bow in theaters on May 25, 2018. The first standalone film in the franchise, “Star Wars: Rogue One,” will debut on December 16, 2016.

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Heroic Hollywood first reported news of Trevorrow’s involvement.

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