Paul Inglis Hired As Supervising Art Director For Star Wars: Episode IX

With the upcoming chapter in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode IX, director J.J. Abrams is the one now who will determine whether or not the final film in the epic saga is deemed successful or not. Its development ran into some huge changes last year when it was announced that Colin Trevorrow would no longer direct the project, and that Abrams himself would be stepping in to take over. Despite all these changes, it appears as though Abrams is now moving forward with hiring of people that can bring something new and unique to the Star Wars universe. Read on for more details.


Details surrounding Star Wars Episode IX remain sketchy at the moment, but one thing we do know now is that Lucasfilm looks to go out with a bang. Today, the Nerdist is reporting that long time art director Paul Inglis has been hired for the upcoming final chapter in the Skywalker saga, which is expected to begin filming in June 2018.


‘Skyfall’ from Columbia Pictures


‘Prometheus’ from Twentieth Century Fox


Inglis is an artist of the extraordinary variety. He’s put in decades of work as an art director for top-tier films such as Children of Men, Prometheus, Skyfall, and last year’s critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049. As Supervising Art Director on the last year’s Blade Runner sequel, he worked with the director Denis Villeneuve and its production design team to deliver a creative new vision. His hiring will definitely bring an overall look to the film that’s never been seen before in a Star Wars film.



The Star Wars series has always been in the cutting edge visually speaking, but it will be very interesting to see if he brings something different to the table that hasn’t been seen before to this galaxy. Star Wars: The Last Jedi certainly took fans in a bold new direction, with Episode IX it could be the beginning of something new artistically and set the stage for look of the proposed future Star Wars films. I guess we will find out soon enough!



Star Wars: Episode IX opens in theaters on December 20, 2019.


May the force be with you….



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55 thoughts on “Paul Inglis Hired As Supervising Art Director For Star Wars: Episode IX

  • February 15, 2018 at 1:37 am

    The production design of Blade Runner 2049 is stunningly gorgeous — I’m happy to hear this.

    It’s funny… if you told me a year ago that I’d be choosing to own a hard copy of the sequel to Blade Runner while forgoing ownership of The Last Jedi, I might have said that you’re crackers, but that’s just the way things turned out.

    • February 15, 2018 at 1:43 am

      Agree, the production design for 2049 was fantastic. I wouldn’t mind seeing the ST look getting a little grittier and dystopian.

    • February 15, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Agreed, I will never own the Last Jedi hardcopy.

    • February 15, 2018 at 5:50 am

      Agreed TLJ sucked. One And DONE. Will never watch again.

    • February 16, 2018 at 3:23 am

      Are you saying….give you a hard copy, right there?

      • February 16, 2018 at 4:06 am

        Forgive me, I don’t understand what you mean.

      • February 16, 2018 at 4:19 am

        That scene is one of many reasons I’m shocked I liked the sequel so much.

  • February 15, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Brilliant!!! Big fan!!! A step in the right direction for 9.

  • February 15, 2018 at 2:19 am

    This is a good step forward. Just tell Abrams to cut out the lens flare crap, keep his own studio far far away from it, have an actually story (no bulls*t mystery boxes) and keep the Disney suits away from it… maybe, just maybe, I might actually be able to stomach a viewing…

    • February 15, 2018 at 2:25 am

      Mystery Boxes are actually VITAL when setting up a Trilogy with a First film. Without them, there’s nothing to conjecture on for the next few films. His Mystery Boxes in TFA were amazing, too bad Rian took a dump in them.

      • February 15, 2018 at 5:49 am

        Literally this (above)

      • February 15, 2018 at 1:54 pm

        Great points, except this is Episode IX, the final chapter.
        We give people closure, answer all the questions, good conquers evil etc… I’m not convinced Abrams is capable.
        His track record is reboots, and starting things off, and then buggering off to let everyone else figure out what to do with all the stupid side quests he calls “mystery boxes”.

      • February 16, 2018 at 3:22 am

        Right, because SW had so many mystery boxes. We didn’t need a hook besides “holy hell! It was so much fun hanging out with those characters, and what a rollercoaster, pure, naïve adventure throwback! I can’t wait to see what they do next!”.

      • February 16, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        This theory that Rian Johnson somehow crapped on JJs ideas holds no water. We know they talked while TFA was still being shot. Rian was on board long before TFA even came out. JJ was an Executive Producer for 8. JJ knew what Rian was doing and read his script and apparently loved it – whether this true or not he must at least find the direction interesting otherwise he wouldn’t be back for 9. Now, if JJ does retcon Rian’s twists then I think we have an argument. But Rian doesn’t close the door on anything, by design. He’s just playing the game.

        Ultimately, I think people massively overestimate the importance of certain ‘shocking’ choices in 8. That’s just middle part misdirection and game-changing. It forces the audience out of its comfort zone, and makes them worry about the way things are going. It’s necessary to have any investment in the conclusion – where we are actually meant to get the final answers.

        Does anyone really think we won’t get any more info. on Snoke or the FO on 9, or not see the Knights of Ren, or not learn more about Rey and the Chosen One prophecy etc? C’mon. See the big picture.

    • February 15, 2018 at 4:16 am

      JJ’s directorial shortcomings aren’t just limited to lens flare.
      The guy is a hack, he’s never directed a good movie in his entire career.

      I don’t know why in the blue fuck disney went with him to begin with. should’ve gone with someone like Chris Nolan.

      • February 15, 2018 at 6:34 am

        His shortcomings stemmed mostly from his associations with crap writers like Kurtzman, Lindelof, and Orci. Lens flairs aside, he ain’t a bad director.

        J.J.’s ability to get me on the same page emotionally with Rey simply by filming a gorgeous five-minute montage of a day in the life, minus a single word of dialogue from Daisy, was arguably my favorite introduction to a Star Wars character hands-down. It was the first time a Star Wars film actually made me feel something since 1983.

        • February 15, 2018 at 7:30 am

          I agree. Both JJ and John Williams made Rey’s introduction something special.

          JJ’s directorial skills weren’t the issue, it was the retelling of ANH that was irksome. Still, after waiting 30 years for a good Star Wars movie, TDA recaptured the OT magic for me.

        • February 16, 2018 at 3:20 am

          You got it – he’s an awful writer, and an equally terrible editor. He also can’t seem to step back and take a big picture look at his films – he crafts good individual, sequences, which are all fun, and he has a hell of an eye for putting together an ensemble cast, but he just can’t seem to figure out overall pacing to save his life.

          • February 16, 2018 at 4:16 am

            He’s inconsistent, yet the ying & yang of his collaboration with Kasdan worked for me. Hopefully Kasdan ingrained somewhat of a sense of restraint and sophistication for J.J. going forward in Star Wars without him.

  • February 15, 2018 at 2:53 am

    It has a difficult task trying to be better than the excellent TLJ

    • February 15, 2018 at 4:09 am

      Son lay off the drugs.

    • February 16, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Are you Rian’s son? or Rian’s friend?

      • February 16, 2018 at 8:18 am

        I happen to agree with him. Lots of people really loved TLJ, myself included. Lots of people also hated it, and lots were somewhere in between. I’ve accepted it – from the other side…

        • February 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm

          A lot of people like it, I Know, or love it, But most of the people I personaly know who liked/loved it, don’t really care about SW, I mean they know starwars is a very popular and entertaining movie, and they really really like it, but they dont really care, they just like to sit and enjoy the movie, just like they do with pacific rim, transformers or any other, they dont really care if Rey is jar jar’s or chewbacca’s daughter, if they are entertained is more than enough.

          That is not a bad thing, I do that with a lot of other movies, that I like/love. but in the hother hand there are people who cares about the story, who cares abouth the characters, who cares about what STAR WARS is, and sudenly a movie that is not star wars in a lot of aspects is made and added to this it messed with the story, etc. a lot of this people who cares a little about this will get pissed off.

          I can accep that you and Reinlado like it just like much other people do, I respect that, but if you guys really care about SW and at the same time think TLJ is “Excellent”, well, that’s hard to believe for me.

          • February 16, 2018 at 7:41 pm

            Sorry, but you’re wrong to think that only casual fans love TLJ. I’m a hardcore fan (why would I be on this website every single day if I weren’t), and I know lots of other hard core fans that love TLJ.

          • February 17, 2018 at 1:33 am

            That’s why I said “most of the people I know” Im not talking about he people I don’t know.

            But again, you like it, thats ok, but do you think it is excellent? I think its not, but I respect it if you do.

          • February 17, 2018 at 2:49 am

            Yeah I really adored the movie. My brother and nephew, though, hated it. We debated a bit, but at the end of the day, people just have different tastes. For example, a lot of people hated the humor. As a big comedy fan, I know perhaps more than most how subjective humor can be. And, you can’t really debate your way into finding something funny: either you do or you don’t.

      • February 18, 2018 at 2:19 am

        No, but I love him. He put the people who think are the owners of SW, the Luke’s-widows, i their places. The idea of a depressed Luke was GL himself, as the depressed Yoda of ROJ. But it doesn’t matter, what matter is putting the right people in their places

        • February 19, 2018 at 5:28 am

          Ok, lets put it this way: if the story were exactly the same but the movie were treated like a star wars movie it would be good for me, I’m talking about the style of storytelling, SW is loved because of its style in hos teh story is told, nos just the story istself, and Rian used a lot of conventional ways to do it, this is not his trilogy this is part of a 9 episode story. I don’t doubt of Rian’s talent, I liked the hell Looper, and when I think in Breaking bad, the one episose that comes to my head every time is the one Rian directed, but TLJ is so not Star Wars in many parts , that made me not to like it, In my opinion the movie feels like if Rian doesn’t understand Star wars completely, so for me the movie is not excellent. But good if you like it.

  • February 15, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Blade Runner was beautiful… no complaints here.

    • February 15, 2018 at 4:21 am

      It was an amazing looking film….simply stunning….but what would it have turned out like had JJ been behind the camera?

      We all know the answer….

      • February 15, 2018 at 4:28 am

        TFA had some beautiful shots. Sadly everyone seems to rush through Star Wars. Not letting moments hang for the right amount of time. My biggest gripe being the Raptors (I don’t care to remember their real name) scene in TFA. That was a perfect opportunity to turn a ho hum creature scene into some heartfelt character development and state of the galaxy update for the fans.

        Ah well… missed opportunities abound. I still prefer TFA for the potential it had to what TLJ did with it. I believe TLJ retroactively hurts TFA now though.

        I’m not claiming TFA was perfect either. Just an interesting and potential filled starting off point.

        • February 15, 2018 at 7:34 am

          Are you talking about the Rathtar scene? How do you think that could have been done differently to add character develolment and world building (curious)?

          • February 15, 2018 at 8:16 am

            Remove the entire scene and replace it. A more understandable/realistic encounter. Say Finn and Rey actually jumped to another location recommended by BB or found one in the Falcon’s database. Giving Han and Chewie actual time to track the Falcon or be at said location. Have their encounter that way.

            I would expand Han explaining to them what happened. Give us more sense of what is happening in the galaxy. It also doesn’t have to all be lumped into the same scene. A minute here or there adds more than you think. Leia mentioning how the Republic never came together after the fall of the Empire. Little tidbits. Make it clear why there was a Republic, Resistance and apparently an ignored threat of the First Order.

            Plus it helps build up Han and for his finale outing. Help really sell that in a way he was more doing it for his son. A sacrifice to let the others escape and a long shot for his son. Things like that to help the story along and explain some of what happened in those 30 years.

          • February 15, 2018 at 8:31 am

            Ah I see. I though you meant WITH the Rathtar scene still included but possibly modified.

          • February 15, 2018 at 8:35 am

            Yeah I considered it wasted screen time needed elsewhere. We already had a bunch of action scenes and a fast pace. Slowing down here and there doesn’t hurt. Let the viewer breathe and honestly get excited for the next action scene.

            Still given their filming schedule and Harrison’s accident I wouldn’t be surprised if that didn’t have some form of impact.

          • February 15, 2018 at 2:06 pm

            I dunno, JJ has that “action every 8 minutes” style

          • February 15, 2018 at 7:03 pm

            It helps to keep modern audiences minds from wanderi………

          • February 15, 2018 at 9:32 pm

            I think he was right, but sometimes just one more beat would resonate better.

            For example, the whole scene where Han discovers Rey and Finn on the Falcon in TFA is delivered in rushed, breathless haste. A misplaced sense of urgency was created.

          • February 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm

            Show don’t tell.

  • February 15, 2018 at 4:12 am

    “J.J. Abrams is the one now who will determine whether or not the final film in the epic saga is deemed successful or not.”

    Right….so you can go ahead and put a stake in this fucker, it’s done.

  • February 15, 2018 at 5:43 am

    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi certainly took fans in a bold new direction” my ass. It was God Awful. Hopefully this can be repaired, but we’ll have to learn to live with a lost limb (so to speak) Episode 8 will forever be a failure.

    • February 15, 2018 at 6:09 am

      I can’t disagree with you enough

    • February 15, 2018 at 8:41 am

      It certainly took half the fans in a direction where they didn’t want to go.

      Of all of it, I think that RJ missed an opportunity to do something creative with Rey’s mystery box. I don’t think he dropped a big steamer into the box, but the whole self-reliance thing…might be challenging to the character and a powerful message…on the screen it just comes off as meh.

    • February 15, 2018 at 8:56 am

      I wish the internet was around during the time Empire came out… “It will forever be deemed a failure”. You will be surprised how times change #EmpireStrikesBack

      • February 15, 2018 at 9:24 pm

        Right. I walked out not liking it due to the abrupt, cliff-hangar ending. My appreciation and admiration grew with repeated viewings over the years.

        If this toxic internet existed back then its possible that my initial dislike for ESB might have galvanized into disdain for it.

    • February 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      sorry, but its not “we” there is a division.

    • February 18, 2018 at 2:36 am

      Yes, it really took fans to a new direction, new fans, not so bitter, not so extremists, not expecting to see the same movie over and over (old hero never give up and go save the day, leader die in the end of third movie…retarded repetition)

  • February 15, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I enjoyed the Luke story in 8, though it wasn’t a perfect movie by any means. The trouble I have is this… Han’s dead, Luke’s dead, Carrie Fisher’s dead, Snoke’s dead, and I’m still having a helluva time seeing Rey as a credible Jedi, and Kylo as anything more than a weak Darth Vader wannabe… Seriously now… Where do we go from here? Bringing back Luke as a ghost will be fine, but there’s no way he can carry the film this time.

    • February 15, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Since we’re stuck with Ghost Luke, I’d like to see him messing with Kylo, kind of like Baltar & 6 on Battlestar Galactica. I could see Luke play a significant role by being Kylo’s imaginary friend, taunting and teasing him until he eventually guides him back to the light. And if it were up to me, I’d go full fan service and have the ghosts of Obi Wan and Yoda give Rey proper training.

      • February 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm

        Love the BSG idea!

  • February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve felt the art direction on the new films isn’t as solid as I would have personally liked, this to me is welcome news.

    • February 15, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      Do you include Rogue One in that?

      • February 15, 2018 at 10:54 pm

        Actually, no. Credit where it’s due, they did a great job of maintaining the aesthetics of the original trilogy.
        Wasn’t too keen on the black stormtrooper masks and the TIE striker but that’s a personal thing.

        • February 16, 2018 at 2:12 pm

          I was worried about the tropical setting when I saw the one sheet for the first time. Bright, sunny and colorful seemed out of place. They made it work though thankfully.

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