Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge TIE Echelon from Colin Trevorrow’s Version of ‘Episode IX’

Collider has revealed that one of the designs Colin Trevorrow came up with for Episode IX has been used for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge , the TIE Echelon. They reached out to Trevorrow to get to the bottom of this.

Collider: When you’re building a theme park, you have to start designing years before it’s going to open. I heard the Tie Echelon was actually something you created with your design team when you were on Episode IX.

COLIN TREVORROW: That’s true.

Can you share how you were involved in Galaxy’s Edge and the behind-the-scenes story on creating the ship?

TREVORROW: It was just a natural part of the process. The Imagineering team asked us to develop a new ship for the park while we were designing the film. I took it pretty seriously—it’s not every day you get to be a part of something like that. They let me see what they were working on, so I got to see what Galaxy’s Edge was going to be. I think what they’ve created is incredible. It’s such an immersive experience.

When you were coming up with the ship, was it part of a sequence you had been working on or was it I’ll come up with a ship and then we can find a way to make it fit in the movie?

TREVORROW: It was part of an upgraded First Order fleet. An armed troop transport—the equivalent of a Blackhawk stealth helicopter. We wanted it to evoke memories of earlier ships while still being its own thing. If you look at the elements, it’s kind of a hybrid of designs from VII and VIII, with some familiar elements from OT Tie Fighters like Vader’s Advanced x1. There’s a lot of history in it.

If it was part of a sequence you had already been thinking about can you share what it would have been?

TREVORROW: I’m pretty sure you know the answer to that, but I respect the question. Honestly, I’m just proud to have been a part of it. I love that ship. Put my ashes in it, man.

It remains to be seen if the TIE Echelon will appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we will be watching closely.