J.J. Abrams may be credited as the director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but fans who have been keeping up to date with the news knows that Colin Trevorrow was originally set to helm the finale of the Skywalker Saga. Though Trevorrow had been fired by Lucasfilm, it seems he’s still going to get a credit in the movie.
As per Collider, Trevorrow is still receiving a story credit for The Rise of Skywalker which he will share with Derek Connolly. The screenplay credits belong to Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio.
We don’t know exactly what Trevorrow had planned for his version of Episode IX, but maybe him getting a credit means that they used some of his story elements after all. They basically did the same thing with Edgar Wright after he left the Ant-Man film.
With David Benioff and D.B. Weiss leaving their Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm is currently getting panned for not being a “director-friendly” studio. Even if you buy the story that D&D left because they wanted to focus on other projects, Lucasfilm had been criticized way back during Solo: A Star Wars Story, when they fired Phil Lord and Chris Miller and replaced them with Ron Howard. They even got Tony Gilroy to finish Rogue One for Gareth Edwards.
With Disney+ though, Lucasfilm can make some more bold choices with the risk minimized. While I do like The Mandalorian, I kind of hope they bring the anthology films back. Nothing beats watching a Star Wars film in a theater filled with fans.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes out Dec. 20.