Following the departure of director Collin Trevorrow last week, the final entry in Lucasfilm’s third Skywalker family Star Wars trilogy will land in some familiar hands. Through StarWars.com, the studio has formally announced that The Force Awakens director J.J. Abbrams will return to write and direct the conclusion of the trilogy he helped begin, the untitled 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,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Abrams will co-write the film alongside Chris Terrio who has worked on films recently like Justice League & Batman V. Superman along with the Oscar-winning Argo.
News of Trevorrow’s departure last week came as a surprise to some but a relief to others, as the director’s presence on the film seemed to be one that fans were very divided on. Differences in vision for the film were given as the reason for his leaving the film, but reports also rumored that his working relationship with Kennedy had deteriorated and/or that the box office failure of his recent film The Book of Henry had caused the studio to think twice about letting him handle an entry in the franchise.
Immediately after Trevorrow’s depature fans and entertainment sites began to throw out various names to replace the director, but most seemed to settle on the thought that Disney/Lucasfilm would turn to someone they had worked with before and trusted that could quickly jump in. Abrams and current Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson were the names floated around the most.
Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to arrive on May 24, 2019.