Star Wars IX hires J.J. Abrams and changes release date

Still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)The highly anticipated next installment in the wildly popular Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Episode IX, has found a new director.

After losing director Colin Trevorrow last week due to creative differences, Lucasfilm and Disney have brought back Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to take over the project. And considering the success of that film, fans will surely be delighted at this news.

The director of hit sci-fi films such as Star Trek and Super 8 will also co-write a new script for the movie, along with Chris Terrio. Trevorrow had previously written a script, but it seems that’s since been scrapped entirely.

Star Wars: Episode IX was originally due for release on May 24, 2019, but with a new director taking the helm and a new script being written, the release date has been changed.

You’ll be able to catch Episode IX when it hits theaters on December 20, 2019. But in the meantime, Star Wars fans have Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi to look forward to, which flies into theaters on December 15, 2017.

Are you excited to hear J.J. Abrams is taking over directing duty, or is there someone else you’d like to see doing the job? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! ~Alexa Caruso

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  1. CDubya • September 13, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

    I LOVED the Star Trek reboots and I liked the way the Star Wars Force Awakens was filmed but I think there were huge errors I just can’t get over… He films sci-fi great though.

  2. silvio bentivoglio • September 14, 2017 @ 11:32 PM

    I hope J.J. Abrams doesn’t play it safe on this new star wars film the last Jedi but it doesn’t matter which way he goes their are the nit picking yos yos that will trash this one like they did with the force awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  3. Luke • September 16, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

    Dont care. This is another big brand yawnfest for people with no identity to fawn over and pretend there is excitement in their lives. Sad.

  4. Gary • February 8, 2018 @ 5:41 PM

    Can’t wait to see the next trilogy hope J.J. Abrams does all three have been watching Star Wars since the beginning there have been highs and lows but for the most part it has been a great series people need to chill and watch as the adventure continues.

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