JJ Abrams would be returning as director and co-writer of Star Wars: Episode IX.
Abrams had launched the new era of Star Wars films with The Force Awakens in 2015.
According to Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, “With The Force Awakens, JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for. I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy”.
Abrams will be replacing Colin Trevorrow, who exited the film franchise in August due to “differing visions” with the company, according to the announcement.
Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Argo in 2013, will co-write the ninth instalment with Abrams.
Terrio has also done writing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the forthcoming Justice League.
The return of JJ Abrams to the Star Wars universe will not only excite the fans but will make a huge impact for Lucasfilm as well. The company, since acquired by Disney, has had problems finding the right pick for a director.
John Boyega is expected to star alongside Daisy Ridley for Episode IX which is due to be out in May 2019.
However, Rian Johnson is directing the second in the current trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will be released this December.
Johnson was said to have declined an offer to take over Episode IX before Abrams was approached.
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