Is it too early to start talking about Star Wars Episode VIII and IX? The Force Awakens hasn’t even been out for a month, but fans are already looking ahead to the future of the franchise, and excitement is obviously at an all-time high after J.J. Abrams’ stellar opening chapter.
Colin Trevorrow won’t get the opportunity to take a crack at the Star Wars Universe for another couple of years, but he’s already thinking about how he’ll wrap up the new trilogy.
Asked how he’s planning to follow Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, he said: “A lot of scribbling and a lot of notes thinking about the story that I want to tell.” That’s fair enough, but will the filmmaker address one of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ biggest unanswered questions?
“We’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying,” Trevorrow promised when quizzed about whether or not we’re going to get some sort of big reveal about Rey’s parents. “Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy,” Trevorrow elaborated. “She deserves it. We’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we’re just telling you what happened.”
Admitting that he’s yet to speak with original Star Wars cast members Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, Trevorrow said he wants even more of them in his movie “to find new places that we can take those characters. They are icons, but they’re also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films. [Episode IX] is something that needs to honor a story that’s been told over a period of 40 years. I don’t want to ignore any of it, and I respect all of it. It’s something I think the fan base is going to embrace.”