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Colin Trevorrow told version of Episode IX to Mark Hamill, George Lucas before exit

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May 29, 2018

After jumping off the Jurassic World train to take a crack at a Star Wars film, director Colin Trevorrow lost his shot and was replaced by J.J. Abrams. Trevorrow was meant to write and direct Episode IX, wrapping up the current trilogy and bringing balance to the unbalanced Force. Instead, like former Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, he was replaced for not being a good fit. The company line read that they had “mutually chosen to part ways." But what’s Trevorrow’s side of things?

Speaking up for the first time since his removal from the epic space opera, the director talked to Empire about the exit and his experience working on the project. It seems like there are plenty of hurt feelings and unpleasant memories he’d rather not see sully the final chapter of the modern Star Wars saga.

“I don't want to talk too much about it because I don't want to affect the way that fans get to see these films,” Trevorrow explained. Delving into the production troubles of magic makes it less magical for its fans -- something the intense secrecy behind plot points in Star Wars and superhero movies alike strives to maintain. “When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they're made, the more it reveals that they're just movies,” the director continued.

“But they're not just movies, they're more than that. Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.” This story, which Trevorrow wrote with his Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom co-scribe Derek Connolly, didn’t make it to Abrams’ version, but it made it to ears that could matter more to someone who grew up with these movies: George Lucas and Mark Hamill.

Now that Abrams is writing a new script for the December 2019 film, Trevorrow has moved back to the Jurassic World, coming back for the franchise’s third film, and put his Star Wars shot behind him. Now, as with Solo, what remains is seeing whether Episode IX can pull magic out of its troubled production.