JJ Abrams to direct 'Star Wars IX': Lucasfilm

Posted September 13, 2017

Fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief following the announcement Tuesday that J.J. Abrams has returned to write and direct "Star Wars: Episode IX" after Colin Trevorrow dropped out of the project last week.

Director Rian Johnson has made it clear that he has no intentions to helm "Episode IX" of the "Star Wars" franchise.

J.J. Abrams, who helped reboot the franchise with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", has landed the directing job, Variety has learned. Abrams has been chosen to replace Colin Trevorrow to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX.

Abrams takes over from Colin Trevorrow, who left the project last week, with Lucasfilm and parent company Disney citing creative differences as the reason for his departure. But after The Last Jedi, it seems more likely that Lucasfilm wants to establish a new trilogy, rather than capitalize on nostalgia and open itself to more criticisms of copying the previous Star Wars films.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was rumoured to be a front-runner to take over for Episode IX, but he refuted that talk during a promo visit to Japan.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Trevorrow is best known for directing "Jurassic World" and had been working on the ninth installment of the space saga for some time. The report suggests that the director's inflated ego created friction with Lucasfilm which was the main cause for his sacking.

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This is actually not the first time that the recent Star Wars movies have had issues. The companies see Abrams as the ideal fit for "Episode IX", given his proven track record in the "Star Wars" universe. Johnson is now in Tokyo, Japan promoting the The Last Jedi, and according to Star Wars News Net, the director revealed at a recent fan event that his good friend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has a voice acting role in the upcoming Star Wars movie.

It stood reason to believe the studio had a possible replacement or two lined up when they moved on from Trevorrow (Ron Howard replaced Lord and Miller a couple days later), and it wasn't long until the rumors started coming in.

Episode IX will close out the trilogy in 2019.

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