We’re about 17 months away from seeing the eighth episode in the Star Wars saga, but the director of the ninth film is already making our minds go into overdrive. In a new interview, Colin Trevorrow talked about Rey’s parents, Luke, Leia as well as the legacy of his installment.

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Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Trevorrow said he’s approaching Episode IX, which will hit theaters at some point in 2019, as more than a single film.

By the time we get to Episode IX, I look at that movie as one movie, as three movies, as six movies, and as nine movies. It’s something that needs to honor a story that has been told over a period of 40 years… Star Wars is a belief system, it’s not just a story and it’s not just a movie, and it’s something I take very seriously.

So what will that include? Well, Trevorrow says he’s read all the theories concerning the lineage of Force Awakens star Rey and believes fans won’t be disappointed.

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We’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying. Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context ofThe Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. We’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we’re just telling you what happened.

Trevorrow’s quotes seems to suggest that we may have to wait until his film to find out this answer. Which would be frustrating, but understandable. He also says she’s “important” in the “entire galaxy,” which may tease that she’ll cross into another trilogy like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo did.

It also seems possible, from Trevorrow’s interview, that Luke and Leia will be around for his film. He told ET that he can’t wait “to find new places that we can take those characters.” And that “They are icons, but they’re also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films.”

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Also of note, the director said that he’s been doing “a lot of scribbling and a lot of notes thinking about the story that I want to tell,” in regards to Episode IX. Does that mean he’s writing the script? We don’t know, and a request to Lucasfilm as of press time was unanswered.

Still, with the film so far away, the fact Trevorrow is thinking so much about it is very exciting. The Jurassic World director currently in post-production on a smaller movie called The Book of Henry and will co-write the sequel to Jurassic World, out in 2018, before focusing full time on the final film of the sequel trilogy.

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[Entertainment Tonight, h/t Collider]

Images: Lucasfilm, Universal


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