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J. J. Abrams Returning to Write and Direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

J.J. Abrams helped relaunch the Star Wars film franchise as the director of the first in the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in 2015 and now he is returning to write and direct the third and final chapter, Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio.

The news comes shortly after it was announced that Colin Trevorrow had left the project over "creative differences" between himself and Lucasfilm. In a statement, Lucasfilm said, "Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ."

Having directed The Force Awakens, Abrams should have no difficultly in finishing up the triology he helped start. It's actually fitting that it should end with the same director as it begain.

“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.

Principal photography is set to begin in January 2018. In addition, Star Wars: Episode IX's release date has been pushed back to December 20, 2019 from May, mirroring the release date for all of the most recent Star Wars films.

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