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‘Jurassic World’ director Colin Trevorrow reflects on ‘traumatic’ experience with ‘Rise of Skywalker’

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Daisy Ridley is Rey in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Daisy Ridley is Rey in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

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Colin Trevorrow recently opened up about his experience on the set of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” hinting that the development turned “traumatic” before he left.

Trevorrow was originally hired to direct “Star Wars: Episode IX” before he left the project. JJ Abrams replaced him. Trevorrow went on to snag a job with “Jurassic World: Dominion.”

Recently, Trevorrow spoke with Collider during the “Directors on Directing” panel for Comic-Con@Home (you can watch the full panel here) about his experience on set, showing off a new ship called the TIE Marauder that he built for the new film.

Trevorrow said he has seen eye-to-eye with many people he’s worked with on movies throughout his career. But “Star Wars” did not go that way.

We were (in) art and writing (when I left Star Wars), it was a development thing. It was script development. I guess the lesson from it is — I’ve been very fortunate in the films that I’ve directed, the path that I wanted to follow and the path that everyone involved wanted to follow was the same. It’s totally possible for two people to see two totally different paths through the woods. That was just an experience that obviously you can imagine, it can get to the point of being traumatic when there’s something that you care about that much and you’ve invested that much in it. But that’s one of the things that you accept when you take on any role in film, especially when you become a storyteller, that there are gonna be heartbreaks. There’s gonna be crushing disappointments and then there’s gonna be victories and hopefully they’ll balance out in the end.

Fans will remember that Trevorrow’s vision for “Episode IX” leaked online through a script, which had the temporary title of“Duel of the Fates.”The film had a number of differences to what became “Rise of Skywalker,” which I’ve highlighted before for Deseret.com.

Concept art for “Duel of the Fates” leaked online as well, showing various ideas for what the film could have looked like.