J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode IX

There were few tears shed last week with the news that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing Star Wars Episode IX, but getting in J.J Abrams as his replacement is surely going to wipe away any concerns about the direction it will take.

Chris Terrio, writer for both Argo and Justice League, will co-write with Abrams, which may mean wiping the slate clean completely and starting from scratch. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said: “With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for," she went continued. "I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.”

Whether or not this will affect the schedule June 2019 release date remains to be seen but first up, of course, will be The Last Jedi on December 15th.

Last updated: 05/04/2018 08:46:26

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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