Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Abrams To Write & Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Abrams To Write & Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

In June, Phil Lord and Chris Miller dropped out of the "Star Wars" spinoff about Han Solo due to "different creative visions" for the film.

After last week's announcement that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX, much of the buzz centered on The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson being tapped as his replacement.

Many assumed that Kathleen Kennedy would look to either Johnson or Abrams to complete the trilogy.

Lucasfilm and Disney have found a replacement for Star Wars: Episode IX's recently dismissed director Colin Trevorrow.

The eighth film in the "Star Wars" series, "The Last Jedi", is now slated for release in December, with Rian Johnson having taken over directing duties. It was a quick news release and to the point, but Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who will produce Episode IX, added a statement to express her excitement.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN.

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Abrams also will co-write the screenplay with Argo and Justice League scribe Chris Terrio.

J.J. Abrams is to return to 'Star Wars' for the upcoming ninth instalment, it has been confirmed.

StarWars.com announced Tuesday morning that Abrams will return to the Star Wars saga to direct "Star Wars: Episode IX".

Despite the success of The Force Awakens and standalone story Rogue One, Lucasfilm has had a hard time finding directors to fit with their new projects. Abrams doesn't have any directing credits lined up for the future, which made his return behind the camera for "Episode IX" a huge possibility from the start.

The choice of Abrams makes sense given that Disney seems to want to play it safe with its investment in the Star Wars universe.

It was the second "Star Wars" project to lose a director this year.

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