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'Jurassic World' director to helm 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Colin Trevorrow will oversee ninth installment of franchise in 2019

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Colin Trevorrow, director of this year's Jurassic World, has been named director of Star Wars: Episode IX.

The film will be the third installment of the franchise's new trilogy, which begins with JJ Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in 2019 but initial work will begin on the film later this year.

The announcement of Trevorrow's involvement in the Star Wars franchise was announced at the D23 Disney Expo in California on Saturday (August 15).

Lucasfilm's president Kathleen Kennedy described the Trevorrow as "an incredible talent" and claimed she had wanted to collaborate with him since seeing Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012. The indie film stars Aubrey Plaza and was the first film Trevorrow directed.

"The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled film-maker," Kennedy said.

Trevorrow, meanwhile, described the role as being more than just "a new job or assignment".

"It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, film-makers, artists and craftspeople," he said.

"We've been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had - a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channelling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope."

Prior to Trevorrow's film, Looper director Rian Johnson will direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, due for release in 2017.

Meanwhile, Lucasfilm is also working on a series of Star Wars spin-off films which it has titled the ‘Anthology Series’. The first spin-off, Rogue One starring Felicity Jones, will arrive on December 16, 2016.

A second spin-off film focusing on the origins of Harrison Ford's iconic character Han Solo, was announced last month. The currently untitled film is set for release on May 25, 2018.

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