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Colin Trevorrow Drops All Kinds of Hints About Episode IX, Rey’s Parentage, & Which Original Trilogy Stars Will Return for the Final Film

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Despite protests from fans who remain loyal to George Lucas, Colin Trevorrow is still directing Star Wars: Episode IX, and he’s already sharing some info on what we can expect from the final installment of the trilogy.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Trevorrow revealed that he’s been working on “A lot of scribbling and a lot of notes thinking about the story that I want to tell.” He also touched briefly on the question of Rey’s parentage:

We’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying […] Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. We’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we’re just telling you what happened.

[…] What’s interesting is I’m not creating a host of new characters. I have a lot of characters that people really love that we’re going to make sure are all honored. No one’s going to be left behind.

ET also reveals that Fisher and Hamill may be appearing in Episode IX in some capacity:

Though he says he has yet to speak with original Star Wars stars Hamill and Carrie Fisher, Trevorrow wants their presence to be even greater in his film, revealing he can’t wait “to find new places that we can take those characters.”

“They are icons, but they’re also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films,” he told us.

There’s actually a lot to speculate over in this interview, especially considering Trevorrow was discussing a movie that won’t come out until 2019 (oh my god, we’re all going to be so old). io9 points out that one of the biggest potential pieces of new information here is that, judging from all the scribbling and brainstorming he’s been doing, it sounds like Trevorrow might be penning the script in addition to directing.

To be honest, that’s not something I would be particularly excited for, although I also want to give Trevorrow a little bit of a break. Yes, Jurassic World—which he helped write, in addition to directing—did not do justice to its female characters. Yes, Trevorrow then went on to make boneheaded remarks about women in Hollywood. Yes, I would much rather someone else was directing Episode IV, and I’m deliberately keeping my expectations for the film low because of Trevorrow’s involvement.

At the same time, though, J.J. Abrams went from making Into Darkness, a movie that I still get angry over when I think of Alice Eve’s nudity scene, to giving us Rey in The Force Awakens. Bottom line: A director’s sensibilities and style can change (Trevorrow sure demonstrated a dramatic shift between Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World), and considering how much Disney will have riding on Episode IX, I’m pretty confident Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, and the other creators involved in production will keep Trevorrow in check.

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