JJ Abrams, who directed the first Star Wars movie for Walt Disney, is returning to write and direct the ninth installment of the franchise.
Abrams replaces the film’s intended director, Colin Trevorrow, and the movie has been delayed until December 20, 2019.
Trevorrow cited different creative visions as the reason why he was replaced.
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Abrams launched Disney’s reboot of the franchise with the 2015 box office hit, The Force Awakens, which reunited 1977 Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil.
The film made more than $2.5 billion globally.
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 12, 2017
Star Wars: Episode IX is the final installment in the new Star Wars triology, it will continue this December with director Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi.
Abrams return to the Star Wars universe was a popular choice with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy praising his first piece of work in the franchise.
“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,” she said in a statement.
There’s also been an outpouring of admiration for Abrams return from fans.
Happy with the JJ Abrams choice. It’s a solid choice. He works great with actors, always gets the best out of them.
— Manuel Faria (@ManuelDuarte24) September 12, 2017
JJ Abrams taking over Episode 9 is the most JJ Abrams-esque choice they coud’ve made.
— Mundy (@dickfundy) September 12, 2017