EXCLUSIVE: Colin Trevorrow Responds to the Petition to Bring George Lucas Back for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

by John Boone 1:32 PM PST, January 11, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Colin Trevorrow Responds to the Petition to Bring George Lucas Back for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Colin Trevorrow is pretty nonchalant about Star Wars fans wanting him fired before he even begins.

The Jurassic World director -- who has been chosen to helm 2019's Episode IX -- told ET that he's well aware of a petition that claims he is "not the right guy" to direct the final installment in the sequel trilogy and seeks to have him replaced with the father of Star Wars, George Lucas.

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"It's funny, I saw that, and it was on a day where I was at LucasFilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought to these films and not being afraid that we're going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy," Trevorrow said at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday.

Because, as the 39-year-old director explained, a lot of people thought Lucas himself was insane for dreaming up that galaxy far, far away.

"When George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy," he said. "When you try to pitch what that movie's about -- if you've never heard of Star Wars before, you say, ‘Here's a character. His father's part robot, but he can also do magic. And there's a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He's got a dog for a friend!' -- it sounds insane."

"But it's the greatest story ever told," he concluded. "I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it."

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Trevorrow, who broke records last year with his Jurassic Park reboot, will have to get used to this level of fan scrutiny. J.J. Abrams recently responded to The Force Awakens backlash, admitting, "I knew that whatever we did, there would be a group of people -- and I was just hoping and praying that it would be smaller than not -- that would take issue with any number of things."

One person most fans have approved of? John Boyega! Before his The Force Awakens days, the British actor was a stock photo model. Check out some of his best shots: