The Man Re-Writing Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars Is Fantasy’s Secret Weapon – Vanity Fair
After tangling with the boy who lived, writer Jack Thorne is heading to a galaxy far, far away. Variety reports that re-writes have begun on Star Wars: Episode IX, the next canonical installment directed by Colin Trevorrow. Thorne, who recently penned the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is the lucky scribe who has been tapped to rework the version of the film written by Trevorrow and writing partner Derek Connolly.
This will be Thorne’s first introduction to the Star Wars universe, a detail that might perk up the ears of detail-attuned fans. But there’s a lot more to know about the writer, who also has a pretty extensive writing history beyond his Potter credentials.
Even prior to adapting J.K. Rowling’s fantasy tale for the British stage, Thorne was a prolific playwright and screenwriter. His next major project is Wonder, a family drama starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and noted Star Wars fanboy Jacob Tremblay, which will be released in November.
He’s also written numerous hours of television, including several iterations of the This Is England series, Skins, and the upcoming Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.
His theater credentials also give Thorne a neat little connection to Star Wars star John Boyega: before getting tasked with galactic re-writes, Thorne wrote an adaptation of Woyzeck, which played at the Old Vic theater in London earlier this summer. Boyega played the lead role.
It makes perfect sense that Thorne would get whisked into a fantastical world like Star Wars after the incredible success of Cursed Child. The sprawling, five-hour play, which imagines Harry Potter as an angsty adult and follows the adventures of his son, Albus, was a massive success in the English theater world. It won a record-breaking number of Olivier Awards, and printed copies of the script also broke sales records.
Most importantly, the play itself received high praise from critics (though literally reading a book copy of the play is much less thrilling than seeing it onstage). Star Wars fans—especially those who might doubt Trevorrow in the wake of his last flop (The Book of Henry, which was absolutely walloped by critics)—can rest easy knowing the precious storyline of the franchise’s main thread has been passed over to very capable hands. May the force be with him.