Lucasfilm has officially announced that J.J. Abrams, who helmed the return of the Star Wars saga to the silver screen with 2015’s The Force Awakens, will be returning to the director’s chair in that galaxy far, far away as he will be writing (along with Chris Terrio) and directing Episode IX.
Abrams replaces the departed Colin Trevorrow as the new captain of Episode IX and ends the speculation about Rian Johnson closing out the Sequel Trilogy, though reports say Johnson was offered the gig but declined.
Episode IX is scheduled to arrive in theaters May 24, 2019.
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.
“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.