The fate of a galaxy far far away hung in the balance for the past week ever since director Colin Trevorrow (The Book of Henry) stepped down from the yet-to-be-named ninth film in the Star Wars saga. The unnamed film has not even entered pre-production, however, so the question was not whether he’d be replaced, but by who. The question was officially answered today on StarWars.com with the announcement that J.J Abrams would be returning to direct and write the conclusion of the sequel trilogy.
The close proximity of many talented directors to Star Wars meant Lucasfilm did not have slim pickings, but their choice of Abrams is not a surprising one. Working as a producer and guiding hand on all Disney Star Wars films, Abrams would have still had a hand in Episode: IX even if Trevorrow had stuck around. Abrams was the director and co-writer of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and executive produced The Last Jedi.
The change in director has necessitated other changes, as the film, originally slated for May of 2019, has been pushed back to December 20 of that year.