ANAHEIM, CA â€” Today at D23, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.
While production wonâ€™t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors. â€œColin is someone Iâ€™ve been interested in working with ever since I saw â€˜Safety Not Guaranteed,â€™â€ says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. â€œThe power of that film paired with the enormous success of â€˜Jurassic Worldâ€™ 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.â€
Trevorrow states, â€œThis 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. Weâ€™ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all hadâ€”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.â€
Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.