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Jack Thirne to Rework Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars: Episode IX Script
Aug 3, 2017 by: WENN
Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has handed over the film's screenplay to scriptwriter Jack Thorne for completion.
The Jurassic World filmmaker penned the initial story with his writing partner Derek Connolly, but now Thorne has been brought onboard to give the script a revamp, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It's not known how much of the plot Thorne will rewrite, but the Brit previously worked on U.K. TV drama National Treasure, crime series The Last Panthers, and sci-fi show The Fades, while he also collaborated with J.K. Rowling to write her West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Trevorrow will continue as director for the Star Wars sequel, which will conclude the third trilogy in the rebooted movie series, following the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens in 2015, and Rian Johnson's follow-up, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will open in December.
Production on Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to begin in January, ahead of a May, 2019 release.
The introduction of Thorne to the franchise emerges weeks after Ron Howard was hired to take charge of the Han Solo series spin-off movie, following the exit of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over creative differences.
Filming on the standalone prequel is currently underway, with Alden Ehrenreich as a young Solo, a part made famous by Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars films.
Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke co-star, with the movie slated for a spring, 2018 release.
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