After endless speculation, it has officially been announced at Disney’s D23 convention that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will helm Star Wars: Episode IX.
Jurassic World is the third-highest grossing film of all time, and it looks like Trevorrow’s wallet will only be getting fatter with this new deal. Episode IX will be written by Looper director Rian Johnson, who will also be directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will see a May 2017 release date.
Said Trevorrow of the new deal: “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.”
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in 2019.