jj abrams star wars episode 9
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Well, that was quick. Lucasfilm made it official this morning that JJ Abrams would, in fact, be taking over directing duties from Colin Trevorrow on ‘Star Wars: Episode 9′. The decision doesn’t come as a surprise to many who have been speculating that either JJ or Rian Johnson would be the frontrunners to take over the project and in fact, both JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson topped our list we released last week of directors we’d like to see take over the project. Going with JJ isn’t the sexiest move Lucasfilm could have made, but it’s the smartest one. JJ is already familiar with the universe and will provide a steadying hand to a property that for the most part has been in shaky hands since he left, with the exception of Rian Johnson. He’s proven that he works well with Kathleen Kennedy and has made comments in the past that showed a bit of regret towards not being able to direct future Episodes. Luckily, JJ doesn’t have to worry about that anymore.

We’ve attached the full statement from Lucasfilm below.


“J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“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” Via Lucasfilm 



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