Star Wars Episode IX has recruited Blade Runner: 2049 art director Paul Inglis to its production team. The conclusion of the trilogy that stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren has some pretty big shoes to fill when it comes to concluding the highly anticipated trilogy and everything's got to be on par.
So far things look good for the trilogy's conclusion. Director J.J Abrams will be returning to conclude the trilogy and the film will be bringing back Neal Scanlan, the veteran creature designer behind the porgs for The Last Jedi. While the film might have some course correcting to do in order to tie up a number of loose ends, Disney and Lucasfilm have things very tightly under wraps. That hasn't stopped fans from speculation about just what the film might include, but this new information offers some intriguing clues as to what Star Wars Episode IX might include.
According to Omega Underground, veteran art director Paul Inglis will be the lead supervising art director on the film. Inglis's previous work includes Skyfall, Blade Runner 2049, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Children of Men, Prometheus, and Game of Thrones. Blade Runner 2049 was nominated for an Oscar for its cinematography and Inglis having helped craft the sci-fi look of the film could be a large portion of why he was selected. That along with his tenure on Game of Thrones makes Inglis's inclusion on the film interesting. Omega Underground went on to speculate that thanks to Inglis's Game of Thrones background he'd be ideally suited to re-introduce the Knights of Ren.
Inglis won't be the only Blade Runner 2049 alum stepping up behind the scenes of the beloved franchise. Costume designer Michael Kaplan will be designing the costumes for Star Wars Episode IX. Kaplan, however, will be returning to the franchise having worked on the original 1982 film. Omega Underground went on to speculate that this might be intentional. Inglis's experience on Game of Thrones would be a good way of connecting the look of Star Wars Episode IX to the future Star Wars film series directed by David Benioff and D.B Weiss.
Nothing is confirmed however, and any connections between Star Wars: Episode IX, Inglis, and Benioff and Weiss are purely conjecture. Inglis will have his hands full helping to develop Episode IX. While Star Wars: The Last Jedi was critically beloved, the film generated a considerable amount of controversy when it came to the fan reception of the franchise.
Choosing Inglis after the impressive visuals of Blade Runner 2049, however, is a smart move. The film's spectacular visuals promise a conclusion to a trilogy that's been visually stunning. That combined with the sweeping vistas of Inglis's experience on Game of Thrones should create a spectacular film. In the meantime, fans should continue speculating about the film's release and sate their Star Wars cravings with Solo: A Star Wars Story while they wait.
Source: Omega Underground
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018