Fans of The Force Awakens will rejoice as JJ Abrams is set to return to the Star Wars saga to both direct and co-write Episode IX. Abrams previously made 2015’s hugely successful installment and will replace Colin Trevorrow, who parted ways with the franchise this past week.
The news was confirmed by Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, who said in a statement: “With The Force Awakens, JJ 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 is slated for a May 2019 release.
The former director’s departure from Episode IX was announced by Lucasfilm last week. A statement explained that “we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.” However, a later report by Vulture suggested that Kennedy removed Trevorrow because he was “difficult.”
The next Star Wars movie sit to hit cinema will be The Last Jedi, which arrives in December. It had been rumored that director Rian Johnson was in the running to take over from Trevorrow, but he squashed those rumors earlier this week and denied that this was the case.
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