As Star Wars fans around the globe eagerly await the new instalment to the massive movie franchise on December 18th later this year, the hype surrounding Episode VII - The Force Awakens has reached fever pitch amidst the latest announcements from Disney.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the cast of the new movie is a blend the old and new, with classic characters such as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), all coming back for The Force Awakens to entertain fervent fans once again. In terms of the new crop, we can expect to see somewhat fresh faces take center stage with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver alongside established actors such as Oscar Issac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Andy Serkis.

So what was the big news to come out of the Star Wars camp in recent weeks? Firstly, and perhaps most excitingly, Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director of the third part of the new Star Wars trilogy. The man behind Jurassic World will direct Star Wars: Episode IX which is set for release in 2019. His interpretation of the franchise will follow Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII that is due for release in 2017.

Regarding the selection of Trevorrow, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had this to say: “Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed. The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”

The franchise has set a bunch of Guinness world records already, and the new trilogy will surely be box office gold once again. Star Wars has generated billions of dollars of revenue and was sold to Disney by creator George Lucas in 2012 for a cool $4.05 billion. The success of Star Wars has resulted in a host of spinoff TV shows and games, such as the Robot Chicken: Star Wars series and even Angry Birds: Star Wars games found on sites like this.

Another recent announcement that is sure to get theme park lovers in a spin, is that Disney will be expanding their parks at Disneyland, California and Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, to accommodate for a host of new Star Wars attractions. As yet, there is no scheduled opening date, but if the success of Universal’s “Harry Potter” theme parks are anything to go by, a livable Star Wars world will be a dream come true for most fans.