J.J. Abrams will be back to finish the Star Wars trilogy that he started. After the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams will return to write (along with Chris Terrio) and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, the closing chapter of the Skywalker saga.
Colin Trevorrow was recently given the heave-ho due from the film due to creative differences. Rian Johnson is currently completing Star Wars: The Last Jedi (set for a December release), so it was unlikely that he would ever have been in a position to jump into straight into Episode IX.
I’m happy that Abrams is back – I adored Star Wars: The Force Awakens – read the Movies In Focus review.
Here’s the official news:
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.