EXCLUSIVE: 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director Promises 'Deeply and Profoundly Satisfying' Answer to Rey and Luke
By John Boone
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Colin Trevorrow is well aware of your Star Wars conspiracy theories.
"I've seen all of the theories," the Jurassic World director, who will helm Episode IX despite any petitions demanding otherwise, told ET at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday. "I have to practice how to answer these questions."
While Trevorrow’s installment won’t hit theaters until 2019, following Rain Johnson’s Episode XII and two anthology films, he told us that he is already thinking about how he will wrap up the sequel trilogy. “A lot of scribbling and a lot of notes thinking about the story that I want to tell,” he explained.
Which brings us back to those theories: Now that they have finally seen The Force Awakens, fans are busy speculating about the lineage of one character in particular, Rey (Daisy Ridley). Is she actually Rey Skywalker, daughter of Luke (Mark Hamill)? Or could she be Obi-Wan Kenobi's granddaughter?
"We're going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying," Trevorrow promised, avoiding addressing any specific theory.
"Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy," he elaborated. "She deserves it. We'll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we're just telling you what happened."
That said, the 39-year-old director seemed to confirm that Rey’s father is, in fact, someone we have already met. “What's interesting is I'm not creating a host of new characters,” he revealed. “I have a lot of characters that people really love that we're going to make sure are all honored. No one's going to be left behind.”
Though he says he has yet to speak with original Star Wars stars Hamill and Carrie Fisher, Trevorrow wants their presence to be even greater in his film, revealing he can't wait "to find new places that we can take those characters."
"They are icons, but they're also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films," he told us.
"[Episode IX] is something that needs to honor a story that's been told over a period of 40 years," he reiterated. "I don't want to ignore any of it, and I respect all of it. It's something I think the fan base is going to embrace."