STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Director Announced

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At the "Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes" panel during D23 Expo 2015, Disney Chairman Alan Horn announced that Colin Trevorrow would be directing the as-yet-untitled "Episode IX" of Star Wars.

“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy in a press release. 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 came to fame helming the recent Jurassic World movie, and his next project is Gregg Hurwitz' Book of Henry which begins shooting in September. Trevorrow is pencilled in to write a sequel to Jurassic World, but will not return to direct.

Trevorrow's Star Wars isn't scheduled for release until 2019, but Lucasfilm says that he'll begin pre-production on it 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," said Trevorrow. "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 is tentatively scheduled for release in 2019.

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