‘Star Wars: Episode IX’: J.J. Abrams is the Chosen One
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams will direct and also co-write the as-yet-unnamed Star Wars: Episode IX with Chris Terrio (Argo). Abrams would be the first filmmaker, besides George Lucas himself, to direct more than one Star Wars film.
Here’s the statement from Disney and Lucasfilm posted on Starwars.com:
“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.”
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow left the project earlier this month due to clashes with Lucasfilm over script rewrites. Star Wars: Episode IX is set to hit theaters on May 24, 2019.
Update: Disney and Lucasfilm have pushed back Episode IX from its initial May 24, 2019 release date to Dec. 20, 2019 release.