It’s Official: ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ To Be Helmed By ‘Jurassic World’ Director Colin Trevorrow

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Last month I reported the rumor that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow would be announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX during the Star Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Then I got to feel like a total douche-a-saurus when that didn’t happen. Well grab two martinis and get ready to run for cover, ’cause I’m about to drop a metric ton of smugness up in here.

At the D23 Expo happening now, Disney announced Trevorrow is indeed directing Star Wars: Episode IX. Here’s the official press release, via io9:

Today at D23, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.

While production won’t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors. “Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “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 states, “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 conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

(Via io9)