JJ Abrams Returns To Co-Write and Direct Star Wars Episode IX

In what seemed like the most logical thing to do after removing Colin Treverrow from helming Episode IX, Disney has officially made a deal to replace him with one of their former “Episode” directors.

Unfortunately, it seems that Episode VIII/Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson (my personal pick) was offered the film first and subsequently had turned it down due to his focused commitments on finishing that said installment. It left Disney with their next play which was to get renowned nerd and filmmaker, JJ Abrams. He will return to cap the new generational trilogy that also kicked off with his respective installment, The Force Awakens. Abrams is also set to co-write the film with Chris Terrio (Argo, BvS, Justice League).
We’ve included the official statement from Disney below:
‘J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.’

Disney has currently set the Untitled Star Wars Episode IX film for release in May 2019.

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