You might think there would be a tanman joke in here somewhere, something along the lines of connecting with kids, but there’s not, sadly, or if there is, I’m not finding it, just as the Royal Mounties never found the van tanman used to abduct all those Canadian kids.
In any case, Colin Trevorrow spoke at length with Fandango on the topic of using Star Wars characters, from Rey to Finn to even Jar Jar Binks, to connect with kids of all ages, and even yes, the kids inside grown adults:
“Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia were all characters that we were able to identify with in various ways, and especially with the character of Rey and what she means to young girls right now, and the challenges that she’s up against. It is extremely crucial that I understand what actual children are feeling about these stories that we’re telling them, and I think it’s important that I have kids, and if filmmakers don’t have kids, they should go talk to them because they don’t see things the same way that we did when we were kids. So, yes, I am very dialed in to that because I think it’s a requisite of the job.”
Trevorrow went on to discuss, at some length, how he’s progressing on Star Wars 9, and how he’s supported by others on his largest. most ambitious film to date:
“My hope is to make it as richly satisfying as it could possibly be. I have a lot of support, and a lot of really brilliant thinkers and storytellers around me. Kiri Hart and the Lucasfilm story group, and Michelle Rejwan, and Kathy Kennedy, my producers, and J.J. [Abrams] and Rian [Johnson], and Larry Kasdan, and when you look at this army of brilliant people that we have, it’s not me alone. It’s a whole team.”
Good for him. Good. For. Him.