From DIANA To REY: How WONDER WOMAN Impacted STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Director & His Plans

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Star Wars: Episode IX isn't scheduled to begin filming until January, but director Colin Trevorrow is already talking about his goals for the films - and how Wonder Woman could impact his perspective on the film. In an interview with Fandango promoting his new film The Book of Henry, the Jurassic World director related how his two children inform his film-making.

"I talk to my son constantly, in very literal terms, about what's going on in the movies that I'm doing. I don't want to say he knows a lot because I'm afraid the kids are going to start coming up to him at school, all like, 'Tell me everything!'," laughed Trevorrow. "But you know what really struck me? The most recent example of that is we took my daughter, who's four, so I don't talk to her as much about the movies just yet, but we took her to see Wonder Woman. My wife and I, and my son, we all loved it. It's a great movie, but something else happened with her."

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"She had a very profound reaction to it," said Trevorrow. "We thought it was a little long for her, and we weren't sure if she was going to be a part of this, but she came out and was like, 'I'm going to want to watch that every day, and I am Wonder Woman now.' It was pretty stunning to see it happen. It's important, that movie. It really is."

Fandango's Erik Davis then asked if that's something he's thinking about with Star Wars: Episode IX, and Trevorrow acknowledged it - specifically for Rey.

"It's how it was with us [growing up]. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia were all characters that we were able to identify with in various ways, and especially with the character of Rey and what she means to young girls right now, and the challenges that she's up against," said Trevorrow. "It is extremely crucial that I understand what actual children are feeling about these stories that we're telling them, and I think it's important that I have kids, and if filmmakers don't have kids, they should go talk to them because they don't see things the same way that we did when we were kids. So, yes, I am very dialed in to that because I think it's a requisite of the job."

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to open in theaters May 24, 2019.

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