While getting the chance to direct a Star Wars movie seems like it would be the opportunity of the lifetime (assuming you don’t decide to go off script and make a comedy, of course), filmmaker Colin Trevorrow has revealed that there is one major drawback – you lose the experience of seeing a new Star Wars movie purely as a fan.
“Unfortunately, [Star Wars: The Last Jedi director] Rian Johnson’s film is the first one I won’t be able to watch as an audience member,” said Trevorrow in an interview with Empire (via Screen Rant). “I got that privilege with The Force Awakens. I just got to go see it with a Star Wars fan. I got to sit next to my kid and just giggle as we read the crawl because we were so excited. Rogue One was the same way. I didn’t see it in advance. That time is over now. Star Wars is no longer that experience for me. If there’s anything kind of sad about it, it’s that I don’t get to have that.”
Given that Trevorrow is already deep into the script for Star Wars: Episode IX, he will of course already know every twist and turn in The Last Jedi. But, on the other hand, he gets to round out the Sequel Trilogy, and presumably deliver one of the biggest movies of all time in the process.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in the UK and December 15th in the States and sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb), Simon Pegg (Unkar Plutt), and Warwick Davis joined by new additions Jimmy Vee (Pan) as R2-D2, Kelly Marie Tran (Ladies Like Us) as Rose, and Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park).