Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was originally slated to direct Star Wars: Episode IX before departing the project in 2017. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams eventually stepped in to helm the film, which received the title Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. However, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge -- Disney's theme park based on the galaxy far, far away -- contains a ship Trevorrow designed for his film.
In an interview with Collider, Trevorrow explained he was asked to design a ship for the park while working on the film. This resulted in the Tie Echelon. "It was part of an upgraded First Order fleet," he explained. "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."
He went on to say he couldn't talk about how the ship would have appeared in the film, though he did explained that he loves "that ship." Saying, "Put my ashes in it, man."
At this time, fans will just have to wait to see if the ship appears in The Rise of Skywalker, though Collider indicates the Tie Echelon probably won't play a role.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.