Star Wars 9, which we now know as The Rise of Skywalker, would have been radically different had the project remained in the hands of Colin Trevorrow. Originally, the Jurassic World director had been tapped to conclude this new trilogy back in August 2015. He unceremoniously departed the project in September 2017, paving the way for J.J. Abrams to come back in and finish what he started. Now, we have a little insight into the project and what it may have been, coming from Daisy Ridley.
The actress who portrays Rey in the most recent trilogy was a guest on a podcast and was asked about Colin Trevorrow's version of the movie. Daisy Ridley wouldn't say too much specifically about it, only acknowledging that it would have been "very different." Speaking a little more on the topic, she revealed that she spoke briefly about it to Trevorrow at one point, but that's about as far as things went between them. Here's what she had to say.
"He was Josh [Gad's] guest at [the] Murder on the Orient Express [premiere] and we went for dinner afterwards, and Colin sat next to me and I was like, 'What's this gonna be like?' Because all I had heard, I didn't know what had happened, I just knew that he wasn't doing it anymore. And he did sort of tell me and sort of not... Actually no, we had gone for dinner and stuff, we went for dinner with Michelle, who is a producer. So I sort of knew. I think everything happens for a reason, I guess."
It should be noted that Derek Conolly and Jack Thorne, who penned the screenplay with Trevorrow, are no longer credited as writers. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio are now the only credited writers on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. For that to be the case, the story must have been changed almost entirely.
This is one of those questions that will probably plague Star Wars fans for the rest of our days. Lucasfilm isn't likely ever going to reveal, specifically, what Colin Trevorrow was going to do with the story. Trevorrow, for his part, has opened up a bit in the past about his departure from the project, which followed his critically disastrous The Book of Henry. Though, he hasn't opened up too much about his take on the story.
On a more positive note, one of the ships Colin Trevorrow designed for his version made its way to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland. As for his future? Trevorrow is set to return to the Jurassic franchise with Jurassic World 3. So he's still getting the chance to conclude a major blockbuster trilogy. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to arrive in theaters on December 20. For more with Daisy Ridley, be sure to check out the latest episode of the Happy Sad Confused Podcast.