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J.J. Abrams to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode IX
Sep 12, 2017 by: WENN
Star Wars: Episode IX filmmaker J.J. Abrams is to return to co-write and direct the franchise's forthcoming sequel Episode IX.
Last week, Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow dropped out of directing Star Wars: Episode IX and Abrams has now been announced as his replacement.
"With The Force Awakens, Abrams 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 explains in a statement.
Abrams won plaudits for 2015's The Force Awakens, which successfully rebooted the Star Wars franchise after a 10-year absence from cinemas. The film earned more than $2 billion at the box office worldwide.
However, he stepped away to allow Looper director Rian Johnson to take the reins on this year's follow-up, The Last Jedi, with Colin originally lined up to helm Episode IX.
Announcing Trevorrow's exit from the project, bosses at Lucasfilm released a statement saying they had "mutually chosen to part ways."
Colin's departure came just six months after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were ousted as the directors of a planned spin-off film focused on space smuggler Han Solo. They have been replaced by Ron Howard.
Early speculation linked Rian with the Episode IX job, but a day after he denied any involvement, Abrams has been unveiled as the new director. He will also pen the script with Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio.
Stars Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release in May, 2019.
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