12:13pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'Star Wars: Episode IX' Sets 'Jurassic World' Director Colin Trevorrow to Helm
Disney and Lucasfilm continue to nab the hottest young directors for Star Wars films, bringing on Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow to direct Episode IX.
Disney made the announcement at D23 on Saturday.
Jurassic World was a massive hit for Universal when it opened earlier this year, breaking opening weekend records for the biggest global take of all time and the biggest domestic opening of all time. It also became the fastest movie in history to hit $1 billion globally. The Chris Pratt-starring film has earned $1.6 billion worldwide to date.
Trevorrow had only directed a short film and the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed before signing on to the massive Jurassic World. He's already stated that he would not be returning for the next Jurassic film, and is attached to next direct Book of Henry.
Disney and Lucasfilm have collected a slew of hot directors for the Star Wars universe, many of whom have only directed one or two big-budget films before signing on to work in a galaxy far, far away. J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will hit theaters in December. Looper director Rian Johnson is attached to write and direct Episode XIII. When he signed on, he was also going to write a treatment for Episode IX, which Trevorrow will direct.
As THR exclusively announced, Lego Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are doing a Han Solo stand-alone film and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is also doing a stand-alone project.
Trevorrow is repped by Verve, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels.