J.J.Abrams Will Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

J.J Abrams Directing the Force Awakens | Lucas Films
Photo: J.J Abrams Directing the Force Awakens | Lucas Films

The hunt for the director is over. Guess Lucas Films didn't have to look long. J.J Abrams will take finish the trilogy which he started with The Force Awakens. If you don't know, he is taking over from Colin Trevorrow, who left the project last week.

We have mixed feelings about Abrams. The positives are that he is a big Star Wars fan and is a very capable director. The negative is that while TFA was a good movie, it was more of the same. The script was a formulaic template of The New Hope. We hope the nostalgia does not spread to the sequels.

The Star Wars website made this announcement:

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“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,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.