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Official: J.J. Abrams Returning to Write & Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

J.J. Abrams is the man we owe to having a completely new era of Star Wars. While many believe he just gave us a modern day carbon copy of George Lucas’ original Star Wars, and I’m sorry you’re wrong, he launched something that won’t be stopped for a very long time. Now, with news breaking just a few short minutes ago, Abrams is officially returning to the franchise to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, stepping in after the recent departure of director Colin Trevorrow.

Here’s an official statement from Lucasfilm thanks to starwars.com:

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.

More on this soon. Let me know in the comments what you think of this HUGE news out of the galaxy far, far away. Is Abrams the right choice to bring the trilogy full circle? Did you want another name? Sound off in the comments!

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