It’ll all come full circle.
After it was announced last week that Colin Trevorrow had stepped down from writing and directing Star Wars: Episode IX after creative difference, fans across the world started to think as to who should helm the final part of the new trilogy. Well wait no more.
J.J. Abrams who co-wrote and directed Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has been brought back on to take over the job for Episode IX, directing a script he’ll co-write with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League).
No shortlist came out as to any potential replacements after the announcement last week, but it was heavily thought that either Abrams or The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson would be the top candidates. The Force Awakens grossed over $2 billion when released in 2015.
President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement, “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.”
Abrams’ involvement marks the third recent time there had been director troubles within the franchise from Ron Howard replacing Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Han Solo film and Rogue One reshoots being shot by Tony Gilroy instead of Gareth Edwards.
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