Star Wars Episode IX Lands JJ Abrams to Write and Direct
JJ Abrams is no stranger to the Star Wars Universe, having directed “The Force Awakens” and launching the next wave of Star Wars films. It makes sense then that Lucasfilm would turn to him to close out the third trilogy (trilo-trilogy?). Not only will Abrams be co-writing Star Wars Episode IX, but he will also be directing. Here is what was said by President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy in a recent statement:
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.”
Star Wars Episode IX has already seen some tumultuous beginnings after director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) was dropped after reported issues over script rewrites. It was also suggested that perhaps Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) may return but those rumors were squashed by the director. It is refreshing, no doubt, to discover that the franchise is back in capable hands.
Chris Terrio (Batman vs. Superman) will be writing with Abrams for Star Wars Episode IX and the two should make a dynamic team. With Abrams at the helm, fans may rest a bit easier as they return their sights on the release of The Last Jedi on December 15th. Star Wars Episode IX is expected to release December 20th of 2019.
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