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Colin Trevorrow Discusses His Brief Time As Director of Star Wars: Episode IX

July 25, 2020 | Posted by Ashish
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

During a “Directors on Directing” panel Thursday at the virtual [email protected] event (h/t USA Today), director Colin Trevorrow discussed his brief time as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX (which ended up being Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker). Trevorrow exited the project in 2017 over what Lucasfilm called different visions, making way for J.J. Abrams to take over.

Trevorrow said that he didn’t get very far in the production process for Episode IX but acknowledged that it’s possible for different people to have different visions.

“I’ve been very fortunate. In the films that I’ve directed, the path that I wanted to follow and the path everyone involved wanted to follow was the same,” Trevorrow said. “It’s totally possible for people to see two totally different paths through the woods.”

He added that Episode XI was “an experience that obviously you can imagine, as with all of these things, it can get to the point of being traumatic when there’s something you care about that much and you’ve invested that much in it, but that’s one of the things you accept when you take on any role in film and especially when you become a storyteller: There are going to be heartbreaks, there are going to be crushing disappointments, there’s going to be victories, and hopefully they balance out in the end.”

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