A Star Wars 9 Director Rumor Emerges from Comic-Con

By  · Published on July 10th, 2015

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It’s entirely possible that one of the big cats that LucasFilm was set to let out of the bag during tomorrow’s big Comic-Con panel has escaped early. It’s been long believed that LucasFilm will take to the stage and even though they might not show any major footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there are expected to be some announcements.

One particular announcement is that of the director for Star Wars: Episode IX.

A number of names have been tossed around for the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy, which is said to already have the beginnings of a script in the works from Episode VII director Rian Johnson. Names like Joss Whedon have been closely linked to the project, but sources have insisted that LucasFilm would wait until Comic-Con to make their big reveal.

According to a report from Heroic Hollywood, tomorrow’s big directorial announcement will be that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will take the stage as the Episode IX director.

This isn’t entirely out of left field. During the courtship of directors for The Force Awakens, it’s said that LucasFilm chief Kathleen Kennedy had wanted Brad Bird for the project. While Bird was too busy with Tomorrowland, it was suggested that Trevorrow might get involved. The story, as reported by /Film, is a pretty crazy one.

This sparked a number of rumors as to Trevorrow’s potential involvement in other Star Wars films, including the Boba Fett-focused Anthology film that Josh Trank recently exited. He’s said numerous times that while he hasn’t yet been connected to a Star Wars film, there’s little chance that he would ever say no to one. And with Jurassic World over a billion dollars in worldwide grosses, it seems possible that LucasFilm is finding it hard to say not to Trevorrow in return.

It’s possible that all this is rumor, but the sources involved seem very confident. The good news is that the LucasFilm panel at Comic-Con is little more than 12-hours away, so things could get cleared up very soon.

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