As a kid who grew up in between two generations of Star Wars, it was odd to see the stark difference between the two. Though each generation may have its fans, Star Wars will continue to tell stories of a galaxy far, far away. Two years ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens started a new trilogy, and last year we saw the first spinoff of its kind in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now with the impending release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans are not only interested in seeing what the future holds for Rey, Finn, and Poe, but also Luke Skywalker and General Leia. Of course, there are others who are looking beyond The Last Jedi.
For Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow, he has his work cut out for him, as plans to have Leia in a more crucial role in his film had to be reworked when Carrie Fisher died last year. While it is still not clear what kind of role Leia would have had in the film, it appears that Trevorrow still wants to make sure that these films will resonate not only with current fans, but also new ones as well. Check out what he had to say below.
In an interview with Fandango, Trevorrow talks about how he wants to make his film for not only the audiences who grew up with the originals and the prequels but also the ones who are able to appreciate the new films. Here’s what he had to say about bringing Star Wars to a new, younger generation:
â€œLuke 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 sheâ€™s up against. It is extremely crucial that I understand what actual children are feeling about these stories that weâ€™re telling them, and I think itâ€™s important that I have kids, and if filmmakers donâ€™t have kids, they should go talk to them because they donâ€™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 itâ€™s a requisite of the job.â€
This only reinforces the idea that this will be Trevorrow’s film, the same way that The Last Jedi is Rian Johnson’s film. Sure they have to adhere to a few rules, but Lucasfilm and Disney are committed to taking a step back and letting the director’s do their job. But that doesn’t mean the expectations have changed. In fact, Trevorrow recognizes that there is a bar when it comes to these films:
â€œMy hope is to make it as richly satisfying as it could possibly be. I have a lot of support, and a lot of really brilliant thinkers and storytellers around me. Kiri Hart and the Lucasfilm story group, and Michelle Rejwan, and Kathy Kennedy, my producers, and J.J. [Abrams] and Rian [Johnson], and Larry Kasdan, and when you look at this army of brilliant people that we have, itâ€™s not me alone. Itâ€™s a whole team.â€
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15, 2017. Episode IX hits theaters on May 24, 2019.