Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

‘Blade Runner 2049’ ‘Skyfall’ art director Paul Inglis joins ‘Star Wars 9’

Details about Star Wars: Episode 9 are sketchy at best with director J.J. Abrams returning to close out the Rey trilogy. News comes that the team has hired Paul Inglis, art director of Blade Runner 2049, who also worked on Skyfall, Game of Thrones, Prometheus, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Children of Men.

Slash Film praised the news: “Art directors oversee the entire art department on a film, and help realize the production designer’s overall vision. They also oversee the construction of sets. Whatever you think of Blade Runner 2049 (it’s great, btw), one thing everyone can agree on is that the film looks amazing. A big part of that is due to Roger Deakins’ fantastic cinematography, but aiding that was the overall look and design of the film itself, which Inglis played a major part in. Having him on board for Star Wars: Episode 9 is an indication that no matter how the next Star Wars chapter turns out, it’s going to look great.”

Abrams was brought in to take over Episode 9 after original director Colin Trevorrow left the project (or was fired, depending on which headline you read).

Besides the Star Wars spin-off film Solo: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters later this year, Lucasfilm and Disney also have a brand new Star Wars trilogy in the works with Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson at the helm. In addition to this, a whole new Star Wars series written by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is also in development. Johnson’s films, and the films from the Game of Thrones creators, will both exist outside the Skywalker saga.

The final Skywalker family trilogy film will now open on Dec. 20, 2019 instead of May 24, 2019, looking to start production this summer.

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