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Sure, the online petition calling for George Lucas’s return to the “Star Wars” franchise has only garnered about 20,000 supporters, but rest assured that “Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow is aware of it.
Launched two weeks ago, the petition suggests that Trevorrow, who helmed the blockbuster “Jurassic World,” simply is “not the right guy” to guide the final film in the new “Star Wars” trilogy. That honor, the petition’s organizer states, should go to the “Father of ‘Star Wars.'”
“It’s funny,” Trevorrow told Entertainment Tonight, “I saw that, and it was on a day where I was at Lucasfilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought to these films and not being afraid that we’re going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy.”
“When George Lucas made ‘Star Wars,’ a lot of people thought it was crazy,” he continued. “When you try to pitch what that movie’s about — if you’ve never heard of ‘Star Wars’ before, you say, ‘Here’s a character. His father’s part robot, but he can also do magic. And there’s a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He’s got a dog for a friend!’ — it sounds insane. But it’s the greatest story ever told. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it.”
“Star Wars: Episode IX” opens May 24, 2019.