'Star Wars: Episode IX' Snags Writer/Director JJ Abrams

Posted September 15, 2017

"The Force Awakens" helmer will sit behind the lens and help wrote the script Chris Terrio.

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.

Star Wars: Episode IX, the final entry in the original Star Wars saga, has been pushed back to December 20, 2019, Lucasfilm and Disney announced today.

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.

Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, had been asked to take on the directing job following Trevorrow's exit.

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.