Recently Disney confirmed that they would have spin-offs for Star Wars characters to pair with the start of a brand new trilogy. While specific dates of the spin-offs have not been confirmed, the characters have including a young Han Solo and bounty hunter Boba Fett.
With J.J. Abrams helming the first leg of the new trilogy, a lot of the speculated names were left without the grand prize. Names such as Jon Favreau and Matthew Vaughn were left empty handed and without the jackpot of a directing gig.
But luckily with the spin-off films it should give some directors a chance to put their mark on the Star Wars universe without working on the main trilogy. Here are the five directors I would like to see take a stab at one of the spin-offs and possibly have an audition for a future Star Wars trilogy movie.
5. Colin Trevorrow
Colin Trevorrow made some Star Wars related headlines a few months ago when he threw his name into the ring as a potential director for the first movie of the new trilogy. Unfortunately for Trevorrow, the gig was given to blockbuster veteran J.J. Abrams and he was left on the outside. Trevorrow, director of Safety Not Guaranteed, while from an independent background would be a interesting choice to direct a spin-off.
Let’s look at the first reason, he wants to. He has already shown interest in Star Wars and while he is probably disappointed for not being considered or not getting the job, that nonetheless put him on the map regarding the future of the franchise. He doesn’t have a large resume, his only film credit is last year’s Safety Not Guaranteed, but in that limited work he has shown that he has a knack for telling a story visually and knows how to give characters heart.
He dabbled in science fiction while in Safety Not Guaranteed and without spoiling the movie, he had some time traveling in it. But with the independent film budget and the smaller, not action movie cast, it was clear that Trevorrow was not given the resources to really showcase his skills to Disney to make a Star Wars movie but he is someone they should consider.
In Safety Not Guaranteed, Trevorrow did a fantastic job of telling a small and sweet story within the confines of his budget and by giving us loveable but misunderstood characters who fight for something even though it makes them an outcast. This makes him seem like a candidate for the Han Solo spin-off based on the fact that Solo somewhat fits that mold of a loveable but misunderstood character. Especially in his youth, Solo could come off as an outcast who wants to run on his own and come off as misunderstood and almost anti-social to others.
Trevorrow is behind most of the other candidates on my list in experience but he has a good first film showing and is worth giving a shot at a spin-off movie. With his knack for storytelling and his clear interest in Star Wars he is someone to be considered.
This article was first posted on February 12, 2013