After the shocking news last week that Star Wars director Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm had parted ways over ‘creative differences’, the upcoming Episode IX has been without a director and no clear creative vision in sight. Lucasfilm’s solution to fix this problem was announced today on their website StarWars.com, when it was revealed that JJ Abrams, the same director who brought Star Wars back to the forefront with The Force Awakens will now return to write, and direct, the upcoming sequel. This is surprising, because Abrams had previously said he would prefer not to return again to the series, and Lucasfilm’s dedication to swapping directors with each film. Abrams return will mark the first time in Disney’s ownership that the same director has directed two Star Wars films.
This may be for the best, as Abrams certainly proved himself with the spectacular The Force Awakens, so it is quite nice to see him return to wrap it up as well. Until then, there’s less than one hundred days to Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi which hits theaters in December.