Jurassic World Dominion director Colin Trevorrow recently reflected on his time developing Star Wars: Episode IX.
Before J.J. Abrams returned to close out the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was tapped to deliver the Skywalker Saga finale. Since the release of The Rise of Skywalker, several versions of his Episode IX have surfaced online.
Duel of the Fates
Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX was titled Duel of the Fates and was drastically different from what we eventually got with The Rise of Skywalker. Some drafts of Duel of the Fates included Mortis, a more prominent role for Rose, Ben Solo sticking with the dark side, and a different answer to Rey’s past. While promoting Jurassic World Dominion, Trevorrow looked back on his time working on Star Wars with Uproxx:
“It was complicated. But, honestly, I mean, since we’re talking now in 2022, I can say honestly I’m very grateful to [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy] for recognizing that she and I were never going to make a movie that we were both proud of together. And she’s been doing this for so long and she cares about me and I care about her and her family. And [producer] Frank [Marshall] and I are partners still. I’m a part of this group of incredible filmmakers, so it was a complicated moment, but now, having been able to do this and really feeling like this is what … I’m glad I did this. I’m deeply, deeply satisfied for having done this. I appreciate that she had the wisdom to see something that, honestly, I’m not sure I could’ve seen because I was so dialed in to the story I wanted to tell.”
Here is the official synopsis for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for the future of the Star Wars franchise, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World Dominion, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!