Lucasfilm have just announced that J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is returning to the saga to direct and co-write the, as yet, untitled Star Wars: Episode IX movie. The movie will be co-written with Oscar winning Chris Terrio (Best Adapted Screenplay – Argo, 2013).
With the parting of ways with Colin Trevorrow, Lucasfilm have turned to a tried, tested and reliable replacement to complete the circle of the new sequel trilogies. Abrams brings to the director’s chair his knowledge of the story (after all, he started it with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens), and also his input into the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson, director on The Last Jedi has said he consulted with Abrams about characters he set up in The Force Awakens to help develop them in Episode VIII, so he has working knowledge of where the characters are going in the movie.
As well as his extensive knowledge of Star Wars and his devoted fandom (let’s not also forget Abrams initially turned down the chance to direct TFA because of his fandom), he is clearly a trusted pair of hands in the Lucasfilm camp. The working relationship with Kathleen Kennedy was clearly strong and she recently described Abram’s work on TFA as “everything we could have possibly hoped for” and was excited about “closing out this trilogy”.
We are looking forward to seeing what he has in store!