Some of the biggest news to come out of Disney's D23 Expo was the confirmation that "Jurassic World" helmer Colin Trevorrow would direct Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Episode IX." Shortly after, Bryce Dallas Howard spoke with reporters while promoting her new film "Pete's Dragon" and expressed her excitement about his new project.

"He's perfect," Howard tells Zap2it and a small group of journalists at D23. "The thing that I really realized when I was working with Colin is that he's masterful at juggling so many different elements of filmmaking and yet staying very focused on what is most essential about a story. You saw it with 'Safety Not Guaranteed' and with 'Jurassic World.'

"These are ensemble casts, a lot of different elements, a lot of different genres and tones, and yet he was able to create a cohesive story so that you are left with what is most important about that story. When you're dealing with the mythology of 'Star Wars,' you better have those skills, and he certainly does."

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Trevorrow had always been up front about his intention not to direct "Jurassic World's" sequel, and his commitment to "Star Wars" makes it doubly sure that he won't head back to the world of Jurassic Park. He still is producing "Jurassic World 2" though, and gave Howard some good news about a significant change to her character's costume.

"When Colin confirmed to me that I was going to be in the next movie, the way he did it was he sent me a text. It was '#NoHeels2018,'" she says, referencing the heels her character Claire wore for the entirety of "Jurassic World. "I was like, 'I'll go with that.'"

"Star Wars: Episode IX" is slated to hit theaters in 2019.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz