JJ Abrams Returning To Star Wars To Write And Direct Episode IX

LUCASFILMSupreme Leader Snoke will be seen again in Star Wars 8

That was the announcement that nearly brought the Internet to a standstill earlier this morning, when the Star Wars house confirmed that Abrams is coming aboard to replace the ousted Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, The Book of Henry) on the as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX.

StarWars.com announced Tuesday morning that Abrams will return to the Star Wars saga to direct "Star Wars: Episode IX".

Take a closer look at Rogue One: A Star Wars story. So this is a sensible, fine move for the franchise. Abrams already directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago which was a financial success.

Here's hoping he doesn't bring in his beloved time travel plot device this time though.

Though there aren't too many details on the offer, Deadline'sreport on Lucasfilm replacing Episode IX's former director, Colin Trevorrow, actually mentions Lucasfilm's first choice for the project.

LucasFilm has announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams will return to write and direct the final instalment in the trilogy he kick off in 2015.

Rian Johnson
GETTYRian Johnson right has played down Snoke's involvement

The "Star Wars" franchise has seen a fair amount of director turnover recently.

Trevorrow, much like Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of the still untitled Han Solo movie, left the project last week due to creative differences with Disney.

"Episode IX" will face off against Universal's "Wicked" adaptation, which is also opening on December 20, 2019.

"For me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience and now I'm just thinking of putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it", Johnson said.

Abrams relaunched Star Wars to largely glowing reviews from fans and more than $2 billion in box office.

The ninth Star Wars film is slated to hit theaters on May 24, 2019.

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