Colin Trevorrow was fired by Lucasfilm in 2017, with J.J. Abrams taking over to make what would ultimately become Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Trevorrow spent two years developing the story and designs for his version of Star Wars 9, only for Disney and Lucasfilm to decide that the director wasn't going to work out. However, one of his designs lives on at Disneyland's recently opened Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and fans have already started noticing it.
In order to make an addition to Disneyland and Disney World, work has to begin well before the ground is broken. Colin Trevorrow was deep into crafting his version of Star Wars 9 when Galaxy's Edge was in its infancy. Amongst the recognizable ships at the new addition to the park is the First Order TIE Echelon, which has been talked about before and it's one of Trevorrow's designs. He had this to say about the TIE Echelon.
"The Imagineering team asked us to develop a new ship for the park while we were designing the film. I took it pretty seriously - it's not every day you get to be a part of something like that... It was part of an upgraded First Order fleet. An armed troop transport - the equivalent of a Blackhawk stealth helicopter. We wanted it to evoke memories of earlier ships while still being its own thing."
The TIE Echelon has been noticed by Star Wars fans and many assumed it was going to be used in J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker. It doesn't look like that will be the case, though that has not been officially confirmed at this time. Colin Trevorrow went on to talk about the ideas behind the design and how they tie into franchise history. He explains.
"If you look at the elements, it's kind of a hybrid of designs from 'VII' and 'VIII,' with some familiar elements from OT TIE Fighters like Vader's Advanced x1. There's a lot of history in it."
Now that Colin Trevorrow is no longer attached to the movie which has become The Rise of Skywalker, that does not mean he can discuss his plans. Some of his ideas may have ended up in the final product and he more than likely signed a big fat NDA from Lucasfilm. It does not seem like the Jurassic World director harbors any resentment and is quite proud of the work he did complete. When asked whether or not he could divulge where the TIE Echelon fit into his story, Trevorrow had this to say.
"I'm pretty sure you know the answer to that, but I respect the question. Honestly, I'm just proud to have been a part of it. I love that ship. Put my ashes in it, man."
The TIE Echelon looks like classic Star Wars with the latest twist from the new trilogy. Colin Trevorrow should be pretty proud of his design and hopefully he gets to see it in real-life soon. As far as his ashes being held in the ship, that seems like an unlikely thing to happen, especially since Disneyland has their own crew to handle the ashes that are spread around the park. The interview with Colin Trevorrow was originally conducted by Collider.