Why Colin Trevorrow is the Perfect Choice for Episode IX

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colin-trevorrow directing episode ixThis weekend at D23 Expo Disney officially announced that Colin Trevorrow would be directing Star Wars Episode IX, and he’s a perfect choice for it. I loved Jurassic World and actually saw it twice (once on IMAX), and always thought he’d be a great fit for Star Wars. But something he said in the announcement really hammered in why Lucasfilm made a very smart choice hiring him for the movie.

In the press release, Trevorrow said:

“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.”

This guy gets it. He knows what Star Wars is and what makes it so special. His comments about making this for a younger generation shows that he knows that the Sequel Trilogy will be the “Star Wars” for this generation just like the Original Trilogy was for those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s and the Prequels were for those who grew up at the turn of the latest century.

As a lifelong Star Wars fan who did grow up with the originals, yet still loves the Prequels, his quote was actually a little moving. In a time when people hired to work on Star Wars secretly hate every part of the franchise post-1983, that sort of statement was very reassuring.