Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars Episode IX: The Jurassic World director will helm the final chapter of the new trilogy.

Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow Will Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow Will Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

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Aug. 16 2015 12:01 PM

Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow Will Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

Colin Trevorrow attends the Jurassic World premiere on June 9, 2015.

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After weeks of rumors, it’s finally official: Colin Trevorrow, the 38-year-old director of Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed, will direct Star Wars: Episode IX. The movie will be the final chapter in the trilogy that begins with December’s Force Awakens, and given his reverent statement Trevorrow is not taking the opportunity lightly:  

This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, 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 channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.

The news also marks the culmination of Trevorrow’s somewhat mind-boggling career arc. His 2012 debut, Safety Not Guaranteed, was a sly, plaintive indie comedy that subverted time travel tropes; his second movie, Jurassic World, was a bona fide blockbuster, and is currently the third-highest-grossing movie of all time. Now he’s helming an installment of the most famous film franchise ever, and it’s pretty exciting to think about what his knack for combining big-budget spectacle with deep, thoughtful character writing will yield. Episode IX is set for a 2019 release—until then, there are three other Star Wars movies to look forward to.

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter