J.J. Abrams returning to direct, write ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
The circle is now complete.
J.J. Abrams, who directed the critically acclaimed first chapter in the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, will return to write and direct the third and final movie of the saga, "Star Wars: Episode IX."
"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," Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement Tuesday to announce Abrams' return.
Colin Trevorrow had originally been tapped to direct Episode IX, but Lucasfilm announced last week that the franchise was parting ways with the filmmaker in what they referred to as a "mutual" decision.
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Abrams, 51, played a leading role in ushering in the new era of "Star Wars," introducing fans to new heroes like Rey and Finn, in addition to the villainous Kylo Ren, with his record-setting blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015.