Colin Trevorrow is jumping from one beloved franchise to the next. The Jurassic World director will head up Star Wars: Episode IX.
According to the official Star Wars website, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced the news at Disney's D23 fan expo.
"This is not a job or an assignment," Trevorrow said in a statement. "It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. 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 channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope."
"Colin is someone I've been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed," said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. "The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe."
Trevorrow will begin collaborating with the other Star Wars directors, including J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, as well as artists this year, though production on Episode IX won't begin for a few years.
Episode IX will conclude the Star Wars sequel trilogy that kicks off with The Force Awakens on Dec. 18.