A few days after it was announced that Colin Trevorrow dropped out of directing “Star Wars: Episode IX,” LucasFilm confirmed that J.J. Abrams will be coming back to fill the roll for the Star Wars franchise.
The official StarWars website and social-media channels confirmed that J.J. Abrams, who directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” back in 2015, will be returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of “Star Wars: Episode IX”. The statement read, “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.
Fans should be excited to hear the J.J. Abrams will be returning to the director’s chair, the first installment to the newest trilogy was a huge hit with most fans of the franchise. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made over $936M domestically in theaters, and over $2B worldwide.
The Han Solo spinoff also had directing trouble this year, after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller departed the project in mid-production. Shortly after that confirmation, LucasFilm confirmed that Ron Howard would direct the film moving forward. That project will star Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, and will feature Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. It was also confirmed that Donald Glover will be taking the role of Lando Calrissian in the film. Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are also featured in the film, along with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. The story was written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and this film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce this new installment for Disney.