J.J. Abrams to direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

By Karen Butler  |  Sept. 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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Sept. 12 (UPI) -- J.J. Abrams is to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm announced Tuesday.

The news came a week after the studio said Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow had left the project.

Abrams helmed the critically acclaimed, 2015 blockbuster Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Chris Terrio will help Abrams pen Episode IX.

"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," Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.

Topics: J.J. Abrams
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