Following Star Wars: Episode IX losing director Colin Trevorrow, Disney has announced J.J. Abrams will now direct and write the movie.
J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens which made over #2 billion at the box office, and Disney also announced Argo, Batman vs. Superman and Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio will also co-write Star Wars: Episode IX.
Here is the official announcement:
J.J. ABRAMS TO WRITE AND DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE IX
THE ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER WILL RETURN TO HELM THE FINAL FILM IN THE SEQUEL TRILOGY.
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.