J.J. Abrams is stepping in to replace Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX.
"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 in a statement.
- Trevorrow left Star Wars earlier this month, in part because of conflicts with Kennedy, according to multiple reports. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio.
- Abrams helped breathe new life into the franchise with 2015's The Force Awakens, which raked in more than $2 billion worldwide.
- This marks the third time a director has been replaced on a Star Wars film. (Phil Lord and Chris Miller were ousted from the Han Solo standalone and replaced with Ron Howard. Gareth Edwards was replaced with Tony Gilroy on 2016's Rogue One).
- Episode IX is set to hit theaters on May 24, 2019.