For Star Wars fans, the bad reviews for Colin Trevorrow’s recent movie The Book of Henry — you know, the complete misfire that was, apparently “like blending Capri Sun with absinthe” — might have seemed like a bad omen for 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX. According to the director, no-one needs to worry because he, like, really gets what it takes to make a movie set in the Force-filled Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Trevorrow said that he won’t disappoint when he comes to the follow-up to this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi because he’s as much of a fan as anyone.
“Not only did I grow up on these stories, like all of us did, [but] I think that the values of Star Wars are values that I hold very close and very dear in my life,” he explained. “I feel that the message of the way that the Force teaches you to treat other people and show respect for others, and the way it guides you through life, is really important to me. And I hope everybody would realize that that set of stories has affected me as deeply in my life as it has affected them.”
Does this mean that Trevorrow is a Jedi director? Because Jurassic World definitely seemed more like the work of a Sith Lord to this writer. But he wasn’t finished; he also wanted everyone to know that he’s realized that Star Wars, a multi-million dollar property that exists in movies, TV, prose and comics (not to mention all the different merchandise out there), isn’t actually about him at all.
“I think the challenge for me is to recognize that everyone has their own personal relationship with these stories, and it’s different depending on who you are,” he went on. “And I need to make a film that you’ll appreciate, even if your experience with it was different, which is making something that will be deeply emotionally resonant and satisfying for people all around the world. And I think about it a lot.”
Well, at least we now know that Episode IX’s subtitle won’t be “Colin Trevorrow Is Yoda’s New Best Friend,” if nothing else.