JJ Abrams returns to Star Wars to write and direct Episode IX

JJ Abrams returns to Star Wars to write and direct Episode IX

JJ Abrams returns to Star Wars to write and direct Episode IX

It's a very safe and familiar choice - Abrams did an admirable job handling The Force Awakens, skillfully reviving the series after George Lucas' reviled prequel trilogy.

"Episode IX" writer-director Colin Trevorrow parted ways with the studio last week citing differing creative visions, Disney and Lucasfilm said in a statement.

Abrams previously directed "Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens". Granted, Terrio now shares his screenwriting credit with Joss Whedon, after the two-time Avengers helmer was drafted in to see the DC tentpole over the finish line during the summer.

Production on the film is due to begin in February 2018, with the film scheduled to release on 24 May 2019.

The official statement from StarWars.com ...

Following the release of Force Awakens, Abrams told Fortune magazine he had no desire to return for the sequel - which at that point Johnson had signed up to direct.

Abrams was celebrated for launching the new trilogy in 2015 with The Force Awakens, which Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy cited as their reason for welcoming him back to the fold.

Fans should be excited to hear the J.J. Abrams will be returning to the director's chair, the first installment to the newest trilogy was a huge hit with most fans of the franchise. It grossed $2.06 billion worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film of all time. Colin Trevorrow was in the early process of putting together the sequel to this year's Star Wars Episode VIII when he was let go just a few days ago. And while some criticized it for aligning itself too closely with the plot of Star Wars: A New Hope, it still performed quite well critically as well. "So no, I'm not really thinking about that now".

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