Star Wars: Episode IX has a new, albeit very familiar director following the departure of Colin Trevorrow last week. And while some criticized it for aligning itself too closely with the plot of Star Wars: A New Hope, it still performed quite well critically as well. So this is a sensible, fine move for the franchise.
J.J. Abrams is going to finish the "Star Wars" trilogy that he started.
Abrams, of course, kickstarted the modern Star Wars revival back in 2015 by directing The Force Awakens, and he will return to the franchise for this currently-untitled entry. It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot, which is Abram's production company.
While Terrio did write the Oscar-winning Argo, he's also the man that's responsible for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Mmm.
Star Wars: Episode IX to Be Directed by JJ Abrams
Just announced, The Force Awakens' director, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode IX So, for anyone who can't keep track, it'll be J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson, and back to J.J. Abrams. Remember, in June they fired Star Wars: Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller as filming was coming to a close. While Johnson was rumored to be the frontrunner to replace Trevorrow, who was dismissed earlier this month over creative differences, he said recently "it was never in the plan" for him to direct Episode IX.
The news was announced by Disney and Lucasfilm in a statement on Tuesday. However, many fans were hoping to have a female director for the film, but perhaps that will still happen in the future for Star Wars.
The Last Jedi, the second film in the franchise reboot, is scheduled to be released December 15 in the U.S.
That movie, which was the first under Disney's ownership, is the highest-grossing movie in North America of all time, and the third-highest globally.