Last week we learned that Director Colin Trevarrow left the helm of Star Wars Episode IX after a ‘mutual agreement’. That left the film without a director and in a bit of a pickle as the film is undergoing script rewrites.
Well, that changed today when Lucasfilms and Disney announced that J.J. Abrams will return to direct the untitled Episode IX. He last directed The Force Awakens which got acclaimed reviews from most critics. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy commented on Abrams’ return
“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,”
Abrams will also serve as co-writer on the film with Chris Terrio, who was brought in to replace former Director (also writer) Colin Trevarrow. That was the beginning of the writing on the wall for Trevarrow leading up to his departure last week. Although it was a good movie, The Force Awakens did get some flack for being a near rehash of A New Hope with only different characters. We’ll have to see if Episode IX turns out to be like Return of the Jedi, but for now at least we have someone with experience behind the final film.
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