J.J. Abrams Signs on to Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
The force is strong with him. Lucasfilm reports that Abrams will return to co-write and helm the saga’s ninth installment, following last week’s departure of original director Colin Trevorrow. After rebooting the franchise with the massively successful The Force Awakens, Abrams could deliver cachet to a project so far marred by creative differences between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm. Slated for release May 24, 2019, IX faces tremendous pressure to successfully close out the trilogy, first launched in 2015, which is expected to see more spin-offs in coming years.