After the reported departure of director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) for Star Wars: Episode IX last week — J.J. Abrams, who directed and wrote 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be returning to the franchise to direct the final chapter in the new trilogy Lucasfilms has announced.
Abrams will co-write the film as well, joined alongside Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo), while Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilms.
“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.
Star Wars: Episode IX isn’t expected to debut until May 24, 2019, which will precede Star Wars: The Last Jedi, due out in theaters on Friday, December 15, 2017.
Watch the official trailer of Star Wars: The Last Jedi below.