Star Wars: Episode IX now has a writer and director. J.J. Abrams will be taking over both of these duties. This comes after the departure of Colin Trevorrow from the film. The announcement was made this morning on StarWars.com and also on various Disney and Star Wars social media platforms.
Here is the announcement made this morning:
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.