January 14, 2016
'Star Wars' News: 'Episode IX' Director, Colin Trevorrow, Responds To Petition For George Lucas To Replace Him, Talks Rey's Parents

Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has opened up about the recent petition that was started to try and and replace him with George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars universe.

Last week the story emerged that some Star Wars fans wanted George Lucas to make a triumphant return to the franchise so badly that they'd started a petition on Change.org.

While the petition, which was started by Brazilian Yuri Luiz, insisted that he had no problem in the slightest with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, it made it clear that they wanted Lucas to end the trilogy, writing that he would create "an epic farewell between the Father Of Star Wars and the whole universe of the galaxy far, far away." So far, the petition has gained 23,199 supporters.

Earlier this week, the petition was brought to the attention of Colin Trevorrow by ET Online, who asked the director how he felt about the petition. Rather than getting too angry about its creation, Colin Trevorrow instead explained exactly where he was when he learned of it. And it turns out he was in quite a fitting place.
"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."
After Colin Trevorrow explained how George Lucas will primarily be his main inspiration while working on Episode IX, the filmmaker then spoke about how driven and forthright Lucas must have been when trying to originally sell Star Wars.

In fact, Trevorrow added that Lucas probably sounded certifiable when he first explained the series to potential investors and studios.

"When George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy. 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. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it."
Colin Trevorrow is already hard at work on Star Wars: Episode IX, and he's been talking about how he and Rian Johnson, who is writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, are planning on creating a "profoundly satisfying" answer to all of the questions that are currently hanging over Daisy Ridley's character, Rey.

Rey has already become a firm favorite in the Star Wars universe because of her scavenging exploits on Jakku, and the way that she was able to fly the Millennium Falcon. This instantly led to questions about her past and heritage, especially since she clearly had Jedi powers, and Trevorrow has admitted that the answers will be worth the wait.

"We're going to make sure that [the] answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying," Trevorrow promised in the same ET interview, via The Guardian. "Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. We'll make sure that the 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."

We have quite a while until we find out about Rey's past, because Rian Johnson's Episode XIII is only due out in May, 2017, while Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX will then follow in May, 2019.

[Image via Lucasfilm]