J.J. Abrams Will Direct the Next 'Star Wars' Film
The fate of the Star Wars universe is back in familiar hands. J.J. Abrams will write and direct the third (and final) installment of the current Star Wars trilogy, the as-yet untitled Episode IX, Walt Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday. The movie is scheduled for release in 2019. Abrams, the director and producer who created the TV show Lost and helmed the reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise, also wrote and directed Disney’s first stab at a Star Wars film with 2015’s The Force Awakens, which went on to smash box-office records. “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. Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter. Helmed by Abrams, The Force Awakens won critical acclaim upon its release nearly two years ago, and the film went on to gross more than $2 billion at the global box office while becoming the highest-grossing domestic release of all-time in North America. Abrams will co-write the new Star Wars movie with Chris Terrio, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for 2012’s Argo and has writing credits on Warner Bros.’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as that studio’s upcoming Justice League film.