D23 Expo: Star Wars – First Look at Rogue One Cast! Colin Trevorrow Directing Episode IX!

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

We have an official director for the final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and it’s none other than Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow. I have to wonder how long this has been in the works, since before Jurassic World became a juggernaut at the box office he had already declined to direct the dino sequel.

If he was already approached to direct the third Star Wars film, then I could see why he would politely decide against another go at the dinosaur themed amusement park gone wrong.

LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy said this in a statement regarding Trevorrow:

Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed.’ 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 also 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.

He isn’t the only addition to the new Star Wars family as Rogue One (now being billed as A Star Wars Story) gets a few more cast members. Joining Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Riz Ahmed are Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk as a performance-capture character. My guess is that Tudyk will either be an alien or a droid — if it’s the latter, then this will be the second time he’ll be playing a performance captured robot (the first one being in the horrible I, Robot).

Lucasfilm released this image of the upcoming film:

The cast of Rogue One

Finally, JJ Abrams was able to get legendary Star Wars artist Drew Struzan out of retirement to create the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It really wouldn’t be a Star Wars film with out a poster by Struzan and it reveals a very interesting clue for the seventh installment of the saga. Check it out below (via Comicbook.com)

Everyone assumed that it would be Daisy Ridley’s character wielding Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber, but the poster is hinting that may not be the case at all. John Boyega is the one holding the weapon, which makes me very curious about his parentage.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere in theaters December 18, 2015.

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