The Star Wars news is coming thick and fast these days. Hot on the heels of Entertainment Weekly’s new photos from Episode VII, Lucasfilm has unveiled the director of the final instalment of the new trilogy, Colin Trevorrow of Jurassic World fame. Apparently when your first big blockbuster makes over a billion dollars and shatters records the world over, the only way to go is to a galaxy far far away.

Announced at the D23 convention, Disney’s annual “hey look how much cool stuff we’ve got coming up” event, the news had been whispered ever since San Diego Comic-Con in July. Trevorrow said, “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a camp-fire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, film-makers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channelling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy added in a statement, “[Colin] is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed. The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled film-maker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”

Production isn’t expected to begin for a few years yet, but as is the case with big tent-pole franchises, the planning starts very early. According to Disney,Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors, whilst still finding time to script the Jurassic World sequel. Taking the reins from JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson, directors of Episode V: The Force Awakens and Episode VI respectively, it’s another strong addition to the creative brains-trust that is ushering this new legion of Star Wars stories into the world. Even if you weren’t the biggest fan of his Jurassic World, go back and check out his first film Safety Not Guaranteed, which is one of the most inventive low-budget sci-fi films in recent memory.

Disney just keeps doing everything right so far, and I think this is a continuing good sign for the franchise.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be released worldwide in 2019.

Source: Deadline