While the world waits with anticipation for the release of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens in just 8 weeks, Disney has been steadily working on the future cinematic installments of the Star Wars universe. We've gotten to see set photos from Star Wars anthology film [Rogue One](tag:854980) as well as the beginnings of a cast list, but so far news concerning the second and third parts of the new Star Wars trilogy is relatively sparse. What we do know is that Rian Johnson and Colin Revorrow are currently tapped to direct Episode VIII and IX, respectively. Let's get to know the two captains of everyone's favorite cinematic juggernaut, starting with:
1.) Rian Johnson
Rian Johnson has been a name to watch in the film industry ever since his mystery movie Brick debuted in 2005. Known for writing and directing his own films, Johnson's skillset in the cinematic world is an impressive one: he's credited with writing, directing, editing the projects he's participated in, as well as working in the camera and electrical department. Joseph-Gordon Levitt, who starred in Johnson's Brick and Looper, cited his thanks to Johnson for his help with Levitt's project Don Jon. Johnson also possesses one acting credit: voicing Bryan in two episodes of Netflix's animated comedy BoJack Horseman.
Not only is Johnson writing and directing the currently untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII, but he's also signed on for writing and story treatment of Star Wars: Episode IX. Hopefully the working relationship with the director of Episode 9 will greatly improve the story and flow of the two movies. On that note, let's move on to our second director:
2.) Colin Trevorrow
Colin Trevorrow started making short films when he was 12. Shortly after graduating college, his digital short Home Base became one of the early viral videos. He spent some time as an intern on Saturday Night Live before directing Safety Not Guaranteed, a film about three journalists contacting a man who advertised for a companion to time-travel with him. Most recently, he wrote and directed Jurassic World, which broke records in domestic and worldwide box office gross. Before moving on to Star Wars: Episode IX, he's currently filming The Book of Henry, a drama starring Lee Pace, Naomi Watts and Sarah Silverman that has yet to release a plot.
These two directors have proved their potential: both have experience in crafting story and capturing it on screen. The fact that they will be working together on where they take the Star Wars story over two different movies is fantastic news, and I for one can't wait to see what they come up with.