Huge, huge news on the Star Wars front today — there has been a ton of speculation about who might take over the final film in the new trilogy since Colin Trevorrow was reported leaving the project. Many thought that Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming The Last Jedi, might also take over Episode IX (though Deadline reports he didn’t want the job), or that Disney might use this change-up as an opportunity to add a woman or POC to the director’s chair. But if you know anything about Hollywood you should know that it doesn’t like to take chances, so the natural choice was for Disney and Lucasfilm to go with someone they have worked with on this scale before: J.J. Abrams.
A statement from Disney and Lucasfilm today posted onreads:
J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.