Following Colin Trevorrow’s hasty dismissal from Episode IX of the Star Wars saga, it would seem that Lucasfilm is hedging their bets and looking to the director responsible for launching the new story: J.J. Abrams.
Variety and StarWars.com are reporting that Abrams is set to helm Episode IX. This is hardly a surprising move, given the trouble that the Star Wars franchise is having keeping directors lately, and a probable desire to keep the current trilogy on schedule for release. Abrams will be cowriting the film with Chris Terrio, so it seems as though Trevorrow’s entire script (and possibly the preliminary work done by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child scribe Jack Thorne) has been abandoned.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, released the following statement: “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.”
Update: Somewhat unsurprisingly, the release date for Star Wars: Episode IX has been pushed from May 24, 2019 to December 20, 2019!