The third installment in the new Star Wars trilogy has a director. Episode IX will be directed by Colin Trevorrow, who directed his first blockbuster earlier this year with the massively successful Jurassic World. Trevorrow was previously rumored to be the director behind the film, and now it has been confirmed at Disney's massive D23 fan gathering in Anahiem, California today.
In a statement, Trevorrow said "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." He adds, a bit over-dramatically, that "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."
We don't know much at all about Episode IX yet, which should come as little surprise since we're still starved for details on this year's The Force Awakens. It's rumored that Rian Johnson will be writing for the film — he's already been confirmed as the director and writer for 2017's Episode VIII. We'll have to wait a bit longer to see Trevorrow's take on the Star Wars universe: Episode IX is slated for release in 2019. By then, we'll have seen four new Star Wars films hit the silver screen. Hopefully Trevorrow will have something up his sleeve to keep fatigue from setting in.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the statement to Gareth Edwards, not Colin Trevorrow.