He’s back! J.J. Abrams will direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Star Wars: Episode IX - J.J. Abrams

UPDATE:
We have a brand new release date! In order to accommodate the creative shuffling behind-the-scenes of Episode IX, Lucasfilm moved the release date from May 24, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

Original story below:

Out with the new and in with the old. I know that’s not the saying yet that’s the case when it comes to the director of Episode IX. After Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm “mutually parted ways” the search was on to find his replacement.

Immediately, fans began voicing their ideas on who they wanted as director. Notably, names like Alfonso Cuaron and George Lucas started popping up by the fans. Yet the only names that were popping up from Lucasfilm’s list was J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, the directors of VII and VIII, respectively.

Today, Star Wars has announced that J.J. Abrams is coming back to write and direct Episode IX.

As Kathleen Kennedy said: “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.”

After Trevorrow’s firing news began to come out on why he left the project. Although people thought it was because of The Book of Henry’s critical and box office failure, it was simply because he was too difficult to deal with.

“If you rub Kathleen Kennedy the wrong way — in any way — you’re out. You’re done. A lot of these young, new directors want to come in and say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that,’” said Vulture’s report. “A lot of these guys — Lord and Miller, Colin Trevorrow — got very rich, very fast and believed a lot of their own hype. And they don’t want to play by the rules. They want to do shit differently. And Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going to f*ck around with that.”

So what do you think of the news? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15th.

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