J.J. Abrams, the director behind the relaunch of a new era of Star Wars with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, is set to wrap up this trilogy by writing and directing Episode IX.
Taking over from Colin Trevorrow, who Lucasfilm announced earlier this month had left the project, Abrams will co-write Episode IX with Chris Terrio. Episode IX will be produced by Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said: “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.”
Fans are sure to be thrilled with this choice, as critics and audiences alike were overjoyed with Abrams take on the Star Wars universe. The director is yet to make a statement himself, but is sure to be overjoyed at stepping in to round off the trilogy that he started, sandwiching Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi in a wonderful symmetry.