‘The Force Awakens’ helmer returns to wrap up the franchise he launched after Colin Trevorrow’s exit from the project.
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.
Abrams assumes the role just a week after Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow mutually agreed to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX.
“Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon,” said a statement from Lucasfilm.
Star Wars: Episode IX is due for release May 24, 2019.