Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
J J Abrams, who kickstarted the new Star Wars trilogy by directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens will now by directing the untitled third film in the saga trilogy.
Disney has confirmed that Abrams will be back in the director’s chair vacated by Colin Trevorrow last week.
Here’s the text of Disneycs announcement released through 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.
Rian Johnson, who is directing the trilogy’s middle installment The Last Jedi due in theaters this December, had previously stated he would not be returning to direct the last installment.