While no directors other than original creator George Lucas has returned to direct a second Star Wars film, it seems appropriate that Abrams be the first to do so.
Lens-flare-lovers, rejoice! J.J. Abrams is returning to the Star Wars franchise to write and direct the as-yet-untitled Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in United Kingdom cinemas on June 21, 2019.
Star Wars: Episode IX will now be directed by J.J. Abrams.
Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. Once Episode IX comes out, we'll really be able to see whether Lucasfilm is all about sticking to the formula and be able to really attribute the success of The Force Awakens where it belongs. Abrams has personal knowledge of Star Wars and the Sequel Trilogy as a whole, and who better to close out the trilogy than the man who began it all in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Disney pushed back "Star Wars: Episode IX" from its initial May 2019 release date after Abrams replaced filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, who parted ways with Disney last week citing differing creative visions with the studio. It grossed $2.06 billion worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film of all time.
Well, much like Han Solo's return after being encased in carbonite, J.J. Abrams is coming back to that galaxy far, far away.