Colin Trevorrow Announces the Start of Prep for Star Wars Episode IX
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hasn't even hit theaters yet, and Episode VIII has just begun pre-production, but considering the level of fan expectation, it's never too early to start preparing for a Star Wars movie. Director Colin Trevorrow just announced via Twitter that he's begun initial prep (so pre-pre-production) for the as-yet-untitled Star Wars Episode IX.
We know a little bit about Episode VIII, especially since casting has already begun. Benicio del Toro has been confirmed for a villain role, while Oscar Isaac will reprise his role as Poe Dameron and Tatiana Maslany, Gina Rodriguez and Olivia Cooke are on the shortlist for the female lead. Rian Johnson, known for his work on Breaking Bad (particularly Ozymandias) and Looper, will write and direct.
Johnson will serve as the connective tissue between Episodes VIII and IX, as he has been confirmed to write the story treatment for the final film in the new trilogy. Other than Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow taking over directing duties, that's all we know about Episode IX so far, although it's possible that Trevorrow is hinting with this tweet that he'll help with writing duties or maybe even pen the final draft.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, while Episode VIII comes out on May 26, 2017 and Episode IX is slated for sometime in 2019.