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JJ Abrams replaces Colin Trevorrow as Star Wars: Episode IX writer-director

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Story by Jack Foley

THE Force is back with J.J. Abrams…

The filmmaker behind the successful Star Wars reboot The Force Awakens is to return to the franchise to replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director on Star Wars: Episode IX.

Trevorrow left the film by mutual consent earlier this month. Find out more

Commenting on Abrams’ appointment, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement: “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.”

Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio.

2015’s Force Awakens spawned a new wave of Star Wars films, which also made room for spin-offs. It earned more than $2 billion worldwide and was broadly welcomed by critics.

The loss of Trevorrow from Episode IX marks the third time a director has been replaced on a Star Wars project.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller were taken off the Han Solo stand-alone with only a few weeks left in production, and later replaced by Ron Howard.

While Gareth Edwards handled all of the principal photography on 2016’s Rogue One – but the movie’s extensive reshoots were helmed by Tony Gilroy.

Episode IX is currently set for release on May 24, 2019.

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