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Colin Trevorrow to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

Story by Jack Foley

JURASSIC World director Colin Trevorrow is to direct Star Wars: Episode IX.

The announcement was made at D23 in Anaheim, California, as part of the Disney showcase of forthcoming titles on Saturday.

The young filmmaker shot to prominence with the indie flick Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012 before helming the dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic World, which has now become the fastest movie in history to hit $1 billion globally.

A sequel to that film is already in the works but while Trevorrow will be actively involved in its development, he has already stated he won’t direct. Instead, he is currently attached to Book of Henry.

Trevorrow’s appointment on Star Wars 9 is in keeping with Disney’s desire to employ the hottest young filmmakers around for the franchise.

J.J. Abrams is directing Episode XII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in December, while hip Looper director Rian Johnson is attached to write and direct Episode XIII.

In addition, Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are doing a Han Solo stand-alone film and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is also doing a spin-off starring Felicity Jones.

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