Fresh off the departure of director Colin Trevorrow, Lucasfilm has tapped J.J. Abrams to return to the Star Wars franchise and take over Episode IX. Abrams revitalized the franchise by helming The Force Awakens in 2015, and most fans will likely welcome seeing him return to wrap up the new trilogy.
The studio confirmed Abrams will serve as writer and director for Star Wars: Episode IX, so it seems Lucasfilm is confident he'll be able to crack the script problems that plagued previous drafts of the project. He had a similiar role on The Force Awakens, and critics pretty much universally loved it. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy seemed pumped to have Abrams back in the fold:
“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,” she said in a statement.
Abrams' hire comes at a time when the Star Wars franchise — despite immense success — is in a weird creative flux. You had the shake-up on the Han Solo spinoff film that ended with Ron Howard taking over, then (of course) Trevorrow's high-profile exit from Episode IX that opened the door for Abrams' return. As the studio looks to bring some stability behind the scenes, they're turning to one of the steadiest hands possible. No, it's not the sexiest hire, but it's certainly a smart one.
What do you think of Abrams coming back to Star Wars? Glad to see him be the man to wrap it all back up?