Just a week after the departure of Colin Trevorrow Lucasfilm has announced that J. J. Abrams will return to the director’s chair for Star Wars Episode IX. The film is set to be written by both Abrams and Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio. President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy expressed her excitement for Abram’s return in a statement released on the official Star Wars website:
“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.”
Given the critical and financial success of Star Wars:The Force Awakens, the previously rumoured return of J.J. Abrams shouldn’t have been much of a shock to the Star Wars community, especially given the troubles that have plagued the production of recent Star Wars films. Kathleen Kennedy’s desire to keep directorial duties “in the family” seems to be a safe choice that will in result in a satisfying conclusion to the Sequel Trilogy.
With J.J. Abrams coming on board, Star Wars: Episode IX’s release has been pushed from its initial May 24th, 2019 release to December 20th, 2019.
Did you enjoy Star Wars episode VII: The Force awakens? Did you like what J.J brought to the saga. Are you glad he’s back to finish the Sequel Trilogy, or would you have preferred someone else took the helm and if so, who and why?
Let us know how you feel either way in the comments section at the bottom of the page and remember, MTFBWY, always!
Written By Collin Eckerle, Star Wars Theory Editorial Team
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