J.J. Abrams Confirmed for Star Wars: Episode IX (UPDATED)

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Update: Due to the change in creative team, Star Wars: Episode IX has also been delayed by half a year to December 20th, 2019 (it was originally scheduled to hit theatres on May 24th, 2019).

Less than a week after announcing that Colin Trevorrow would be stepping down as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Disney and Lucasfilm have secured his successor. Contrary to the original reports, it will not be Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Instead, they have managed to convince J.J. Abrams to return to the director’s chair despite his previous statements that he was not interested in directing another installment. He will also co-write the script as well. The official press release is as follows:

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.

Obviously he’s a safe choice to bring the trilogy home and one that I assume most fans will be on board with. However, here’s hoping he can do something that diverges a little bit from the template established by the original trilogy this time around. Screenwriter Chris Terrio is best known for writing Argo (which he won an Oscar for) and he also worked on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League movie. Are you happy to have J.J. Abrams directing Episode 9?

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  • Jake

    Lame.

  • Flo Lieb

    The Return of the Jobber

  • Tommy

    It’s weird to see people devastated (going by the neogaf threads) that Rian Johnson isn’t doing it, like they have any idea that EP8 will be any good. Also, I previously thought these movies were always Christmas releases, so that part’s fine.

  • Lisa V Benson

    I think he’s a good choice!

  • Tim

    Bummer. JJ is potentially the least creative and least risk taking person working in Hollywood.Sad.

  • Tim

    Bummer. JJ Lameraham is one of the least creative people working in Hollywood at this scale.

  • 1138sw

    Couldn’t have said it better myself! Sigh. Let’s make the third installment like ROJ just to complete the circle why don’t we!