With Comic-Con 2015 in full swing, and Lucasfilm and Disney preparing for their Star Wars presentation, a new rumor is making the rounds that the studios, along with producer Kathleen Kennedy, will announce that Jurassic World’s helmer Colin Trevorrow is directing Star Wars: Episode IX!
Trevorrow has been linked to Star Wars before, going back to early Star Wars: The Force Awakens rumors that he might be up for the job, then Brad Bird was rumored before jumping into Tomorrowland. After initially turning it down, JJ Abrams decided to direct The Force Awakens, and this helped lead to Trevorrow landing Jurassic World.
But Trevorrow’s name popped up again recently to helm a Star Wars film; at first he was rumored to take over a spinoff film after Josh Trank quit or was fired (and Colin played coy when recently asked by /Film if he could direct one), and now he’s rumored to lead Star Wars: Episode IX. If this is true, it would be a major victory for all parties involved, since Lucasfilm clearly wants to mold young, up-and-coming directors, while Trevorrow really knocked it out of the park with the fun and box office records smashing Jurassic World.
In the meantime, Abrams is wrapping up post-production on The Force Awakens, while Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards (perhaps) starts production on the Rogue One spinoff, and Looper’s Rian Johnson preps Star Wars: Episode VIII. If Trevorrow is indeed directing Episode IX, and keep in mind it’s a rumor as Joss Whedon has been linked as helmer and Abrams was rumored to return for it, who could direct other spinoffs? Lucasfilm may announce other spinoffs and possibly their directors, including Bird.
We’ll find out more hopefully tonight at Comic-Con! Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2016; Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One premieres December 16, 2016; the Han Solo spinoff opens May 28, 2015 (Aaron Paul could play Han, per Radio Times via AICN); Episode VIII opens May 26, 2017; and Episode IX will debut in 2019.