Star Wars: Episode IX has found its new director and, surprise surprise, it’s J.J. Abrams – you know, the man who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
A few days ago it was announced that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be the director of Star Wars: Episode IX, much to everybody’s surprise. Then ensued a barrage of speculation as to who would replace him: Stephen Spielberg, Matt Reeves, Patty Jenkins… even Rian Johnson’s name was mentioned. However, the incessant speculation can now come to an end since we now know who will direct the third Star Wars film in this new trilogy. Star Wars: Episode IX’s new director will be J.J. Abrams!
Yep, you did read that correctly. Instead of looking for new and relatively untested talent, Lucasfilm decided to stick to what, or more specifically who they know. Abrams will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Abrams is no stranger to the Star Wars universe. He famously directed and co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens and successfully brought George Lucas’ space opera saga back into our hearts and minds.
Abrams’ appointment was announced via StarWars.com and it came with a quote from Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy. “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. This announcement shouldn’t really come much as a surprise since Lucasfilm has demonstrated a desire to work with more experienced directors rather than going for potential.
Lucasfilm has now got a bit of a track record of parting ways with their younger, less experienced directors. First there was Josh Trank, who was originally hired to write and direct one of the Star Wars spin-off movies. Then Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One went through extensive reshoots with Tony Gilroy directing many of the additional scenes. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were the next directors to part ways with Lucasfilm, and that happened halfway through filming their Han Solo spin off film. Colin Trevorrow was the latest casualty, however many fans will be pleased to hear that Abrams will get the chance to round off the trilogy that he helped start.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in UK cinemas on December 15th, 2017.