Fatherhood Is Preparing Colin Trevorrow For ‘Star Wars Episode IX’

Colin Trevorrow has revealed that his experience as a parent is influencing the creative route he takes with Star Wars Episode IX.

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Family is a big aspect of the generational story that is Star Wars, and as it turns out, this applies to the lives of the people involved with production on the blockbuster movie franchise as well. Director Colin Trevorrow has explained that his experiences as a father are helping him shape Episode IX.

In an interview with Fandango, Colin Trevorrow was asked about how his upcoming movie The Book of Henry is going to differentiate itself from his previous work and his upcoming Star Wars movie. He notes that both The Book of Henry and Star Wars Episode IX have taken influence from his own experiences as a father:

“I felt like on Safety Not Guaranteed, because it was kind of disguised as a mumblecore movie, I brought a different kind of sensibility into Jurassic World than I think I will bring into [Star Wars Episode IX]. [The Book of Henry] is much more of a rich family drama, which is not dissimilar from [Star Wars]. I think having to force myself to confront my own fears as a parent, and really dig into places that I may otherwise not want to dig into and want to look away from. It’s where I have to go with [Star Wars] for it to be as emotionally resonate as it has to be. I have to find something deeply personal for myself in what I’m about to do or else it’s just going to feel shallow.”

Trevorrow later went into discussing Star Wars Episode IX in greater detail, specifically taking note that he thinks it’s most important to the franchise that children have a real connection with these movies and their characters:

“Luke 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 she’s up against. It is extremely crucial that I understand what actual children are feeling about these stories that we’re telling them, and I think it’s important that I have kids, and if filmmakers don’t have kids, they should go talk to them because they don’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 it’s a requisite of the job.”

Trevorrow is happily married and is the father of two children – a son and a daughter. If Trevorrow is keeping their perspective – and the perspective of other younger fans – in mind, then it’s likely that Episode IX could really resonate with younger audiences and those that are young at heart. But speaking as a parent, it seems like the closing chapter of the Sequel Trilogy could touch upon family more than The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi – which might make for a more interesting story for older fans.

The Book of Henry will open on June 16, 2017. Its cast includes Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Dean Norris, Maddie Ziegler, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Bobby Moynihan, and Tonya Pinkins.

Star Wars Episode IX will light up theaters on May 24, 2019. Confirmed to appear are Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn (FN-2187), Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.

Source: Fandango