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Trevorrow joins ‘Star Wars’ universe

Colin Trevorrow will direct the ninth “Star Wars” movie.
Colin Trevorrow will direct the ninth “Star Wars” movie. Sipa USA/TNS

Colin Trevorrow will direct “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which is scheduled to be released in 2019. He’s the director behind the recent massive hit, “Jurassic World.”

Trevorrow has time to prepare for the massive job as filming won’t begin for a few years.

“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’” Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm President, says. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of ‘Jurassic World’ speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker.

“We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”

Trevorrow describes landing the directing spot as neither a job nor an assignment.

“It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople,” Trevorrow says.

“Star Wars: Episode IX” will conclude the third trilogy of “Star Wars movies” that begins with “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens” set to hit theaters Dec. 18.