With Star Wars: The Force Awakens still going strong in movie theaters, all eyes are now turned toward the next chapters of the epic saga set in a galaxy far, far away.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, who is set to helm Episode IX, has opened up to ET about what to expect in his Star Wars movie, and that includes a whole lot more to do for some of your favorite iconic characters.
Namely, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess General Leia (Carrie Fisher).
Trevorrow told ET that he’s not yet spoken with Hamill and Fisher but he wants them to have increased roles in his film (Carrie Fisher only got a few minutes of screen time, while poor Mark Hamill was seen in the last 30 seconds or so of The Force Awakens), saying that he can’t wait “to find new places that we can take those characters.” The director added:
“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.”
Now, it's more than likely that both Luke and Leia will have bigger roles in Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII (at least, I think Luke will), but it's great to know Trevorrow is thinking of something meaty for the Skywalker siblings to sink their teeth into when he wraps up the storyline.
He also promised that the mystery of who Rey (Daisy Ridley) really is will be answered.
“We're going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying. Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. 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.”
As for who her paternal could be, whether it’s Luke or whether she’s Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter (there are a lot of fan theories out there, and those two are the most favored by Star Wars fans), Trevorrow promises it’s someone we’ve already met.
“What's interesting is I'm not creating a host of new characters. I have a lot of characters that people really love that we're going to make sure are all honored. No one's going to be left behind.”
Are you excited to learn Colin Trevorrow will give bigger, greater roles for Luke and Leia? What are your personal theories about Rey’s mysterious lineage?