J.J. Abrams to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
2017-09-13 10:27:00


Eight days since Colin Trevorrow was fired from his role as writer and director of "Episode IX," Disney finally announced on Tuesday that his replacement will be J.J. Abrams, making him the only man besides George Lucas to have directed multiple entries in the series.

This is the third high-profile exit from a "Star Wars" director but the first time Lucasfilm has returned to a director – specifically the filmmaker who helped resurrect the franchise with 2015's "The Force Awakens." Abrams will co-write the film with screenwriter Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for adapting "Argo," and it will have a new release date of December 20 2019. It is unknown how much of Trevorrow's material will be salvaged.

As the director of "The Force Awakens," Abrams rebooted "Star Wars" to largely glowing reviews from fans and more than $2 billion in box office. Abrams had said that would be his only film for the franchise, but he’s now been pulled back in.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that Abrams "delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for" on "The Force Awakens" and added "I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy."

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram