Disneyland’s new Star Wars world reveals a ship from Trevorrow’s scrapped Episode IX
It’s hard to imagine a time when J.J Abrams didn’t have his hands on the wheel of a Star Wars movie. Despite Rian Johnson assuming directorial duties on The Last Jedi, J.J Abrams’ influence was prevalent throughout the divisive eight instalments of the Skywalker saga and will continue on with The Rise of Skywalker this December.
With the conclusion of the Skywalker saga fast approaching, one can be forgiven for overlooking a time when Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow was attached to write and direct Episode IX. It’s no secret that Trevorrow was well into the pre-production stage when he left the project due to what Lucasfilm described as creative differences. The actual line from the studio was “Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”
For all intents and purposes that was the end of that. The project was scrapped and J.J Abrams was brought in to complete the trilogy. However, it seems that something from Colin Trevorrow’s vision for Star Wars: Episode IX has survived within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Fans making the pilgrimage to make the “Smuggler’s Run” are met by several full-scale Star Wars ships including an X-Wing Fighter, the iconic Millennium Falcon and an all-new craft known as the First Order Tie Echelon.
Although it bears a striking resemblance to Kylo Ren’s Tie Silencer, the Echelon is yet to feature in any Star Wars project and may never see the light of day on the screen, but the design clearly demonstrates the grand vision he had for Episode IX.
In an interview with Collider Trevorrow confirmed:
“It was just a natural part of the process. 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. They let me see what they were working on, so I got to see what Galaxy’s Edge was going to be. I think what they’ve created is incredible. It’s such an immersive experience.”
The Tie Echelon was expected to be a part of a rejuvenated First Order fleet in Episode IX designed to mirror that of a stealth helicopter “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. 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.”
The awesome design of this beautifully rendered craft offers a small peek into what Trevorrow had planned for Episode IX and clearly demonstrates the degree of homework he had done going into pre-production. What he had planned for the vessel will forever remain a mystery, but at least we have the chance to get a first-hand look at Galaxy’s Edge.
J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker hits cinemas on December 20th.
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