After directing this summer's biggest box office hit, Colin Trevorrow is ready to make the jump to hyperspace.
At Disney's D23 Expo, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn confirmed a rumor that had been circulating for weeks in the "Star Wars" fan community: The "Jurassic World" director will take the reins of "Star Wars: Episode IX."
With the film slated for release in 2019, shooting is still years away. But in a statement, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said she had been interested in working with Trevorrow since seeing his first feature film, the 2012 indie "Safety Not Guaranteed."
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Disney's "Star Wars" presentation also featured the first glimpse of the first in a series of planned spinoff films, "Star Wars: Rogue One."
But for many fans, the peak moment of the panel was the appearance onstage of Harrison Ford, who was joined by director J.J. Abrams and several of the other cast members of "Star Wars: Episode VII" and greeted with a long and thunderous standing ovation.
The "Episode VII" crew didn't drop any new footage or news about the upcoming film. But after much-buzzed-about presentations at April's Star Wars Celebration convention and last month's Comic-Con, they really didn't need to. The Force is clearly already very strong with them.