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We may only have two Star Wars films out under the guide of the Walt Disney Company right now, but as of this writing, there are at least three other projects at various stages in the creative process. We have Star Wars: The Last Jedi in postproduction, the Han Solo spinoff in production, and Star Wars Episode 9 in the scriptwriting and preproduction phase.

But how far along is Episode 9 in that phase? As we reported yesterday, the final film in the current Star Wars trilogy may be set to film as early as July of this year, and with that in mind, they’re probably pretty far along. Speaking with MTV, Star Wars Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow gave an update of where they are in the process, and how hard they are at work.

“I go there, and we’re writing, and we’re designing, and there is a draft, and we’re throwing 110% of our souls into it, so there’ll be nothing left of me when I’m done.”

That’s right. At the very least, we know there is a draft of the script they’re going off of. Like most scripts, they’ll probably be working on it well into production as things continue to change, but as it stands, it looks as though, they at least have a draft to work with. From there, they are likely going into costume, set design, and everything in between.

Trevorrow was then asked about his approach to the film. Is he coming at it from the perspective of making it a good standalone film, a good capper to a trilogy, or something else altogether? His answer was a bit intimidating.

“I think about it in the context of three films, six films, nine films, and one film. It’s a lot.”

It’s also worth noting that Trevorrow is also working as producer on Jurassic World 2, and as such, his exhaustion is very much understandable. But given how big of a deal Star Wars Episode 9 will be, let’s hope that he’s able to switch fully into Star Wars mode sooner rather than later.

Star Wars Episode 9 hits theaters on May 23, 2019.

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