Colin Trevorrow is a film director.

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Colin Trevorrow Retweeted Roy Wilhelm

Colin Trevorrow, of course, is coming off of the massive success of , which currently sits as the highest-grossing movie of the year (and could to Abrams’ when that opens in December). This news was first reported by during San Diego Comic-Con, but was just confirmed from the stage of D23 in Anaheim, California.

On the hiring of Colin Trevorrow to conclude this new trilogy, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy stated:

Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw , The power of that film paired with the enormous success of speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe."

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In the past few years, studios have increasingly called on less-experienced filmmakers to direct some of their highest profile movies. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island), Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) each helmed one to three independent features before they were enlisted for some of next year's most-anticipated franchise entries. Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Rian Johnson (Looper) were similarly unknown before they graduated to Hollywood tent-poles, which now include a trio of Star Wars installments led by each.

While news like Ava DuVernay ("Selma") becoming the first woman of color to helm a $100 million movie is heartening progress, the path it took to get to this point is less so. While male directors like Colin Trevorrow get to graduate to big-budget fare like "Jurassic World" after one small indie (or get to continue making big-budget tentpoles after face-planting like "Chappie" director Neill Blomkamp), female directors are rarely granted that fast track – or that kind of studio forgiveness.