Colin Trevorrow will donate 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' earnings to UK children's hospice

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Colin Trevorrow attends the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on December 14, 2015. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Colin Trevorrow attends the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on December 14, 2015. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will donate the profits he earns off Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to a British children’s hospice.

The 43-year-old filmmaker was originally set to direct the saga-closing outing before being replaced by J.J. Abrams and he retains a “story by” credit on the finished movie, alongside co-writer Derek Connolly.

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Trevorrow told Empire that he will donate his residuals from the project to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in Berkshire.

The hospice provides vital support to young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

“The force is strong with us this Friday,” Fiona Devine, CEO and co-founder of the hospice, told Yahoo.

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“We are blown away by this incredibly generous gesture and we are deeply thankful to Colin for thinking of us.”

Trevorrow told Empire he is “grateful” to Abrams for “embracing some of our ideas” in the finished film, though he confessed he cannot take credit for the decision to revive the Emperor.

Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

The character, played by Ian McDiarmid, seemingly met a very definitive demise in the closing moments of 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

Trevorrow said: “Bringing back the Emperor was an idea JJ brought to the table when he came on board.

“It’s honestly something I never considered. I commend him for it. This was a tough story to unlock, and he found the key.”

Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid on the set of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi directed by Welsh Richard Marquand. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid on the set of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi directed by Welsh Richard Marquand. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

He did reveal, however, that he asked Rian Johnson to include a moment in which Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) meet in The Last Jedi.

“It felt right for them to have some history in the next movie,” he added.

Trevorrow said it is “not my place” to reveal his specific influence on The Rise of Skywalker, which is seeking to provide a satisfying conclusion to the entire Skywalker Saga.

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.
Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

"I know how hard this crew has worked over the past two years,” he said. “A lot of them are working with us now on [Jurassic World 3].

“I want to support them as they put this film out into the world. In the end, I’m just proud to have my name in space."

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Trevorrow’s donation will certainly help the children of Berkshire and its surrounding areas, who are supported by the work of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice.

Fiona Devine added: “This extraordinary donation, the equivalent of paying for a nurse for a year, will really help us to continue to do this and importantly reach out to even more families that need us.

“We know that there are at least 1,200 children across Berkshire and the surrounding counties that need our help. Our care is free of charge and we are reliant on donations and fundraising to run our vital service.

“We cannot thank Colin Trevorrow and his family enough for their amazing support and generosity.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is due to arrive in UK cinemas on 19 December.

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