The Star Wars franchise has been around for decades, and Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow says he’s keenly aware of the need to hook in a whole new generation of fans with the sequel to follow.
In an interview with Fandango, Trevorrow said he’s trying to stay “dialed in” to how kids understand and are affected by the Star Wars stories. He said they’re keenly aware of how Rey inspired a whole new generation of girls, much the same way Princess Leia did all those years ago. To do that, he’s literally talking to kids about Star Wars, and taking their understanding and opinions seriously. Then using what he learns while putting together Episode IX.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia were all characters that we were able to identify with in various ways, and especially with the character of Rey and what she means to young girls right now, and the challenges that she’s up against. It is extremely crucial that I understand what actual children are feeling about these stories that we’re telling them, and I think it’s important that I have kids, and if filmmakers don’t have kids, they should go talk to them because they don’t see things the same way that we did when we were kids. So, yes, I am very dialed in to that because I think it’s a requisite of the job.”
Considering a whole lot of the adults geeking out over the new Star Wars movies watched the original trilogy as kiddos, it’s interesting to see how Disney is trying to bring that appeal and sentiment full circle.