JJ Abrams Takes Over as Director of 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Episode IX Director Shake-Up

Episode IX Director Shake-Up

If you're holding out hope that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will return to direct Episode IX, you might need a new hope. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio.

Liam Hoofe takes a look at nine filmmakers who could replace Colin Trevorrow as director of Star Wars: Episode IX... Lucasfilm opting to take the safe route and select a director such as Abrams is a smart decision, I suppose, but the studio also missed the ideal opportunity to introduce the first female filmmaker to the Star Wars franchise, and it's questionable as to whether or not they even considered one for the role. At the same time we're also sure that many are eager to see the new trilogy concluded with Star Wars: Episode IX, which is now set for a release in 2019.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. The next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, hits cinemas December 15, 2017. A statement read: "Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX". The film made more than $2 billion at the global box office.

Trevorrow's departure was seen as a significant upheaval as he is considered hot property after scoring big with Universal's creature feature "Jurassic World" (2015), the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time. There's been a lot of controversy and anxiety in the Star Wars community ever since Lucasfilm chose to fire the Jurassic World director over "creative differences".

While he may have shut down a current possibility for another Star Wars movie, he did wish the best of luck to whoever did end up directing it. If he did direct Episode IX, he'd then have to go through all of that pressure again within two years of having to deal with it the first time.

There's a lot that could happen with Episode IX.

A recent report detailed why Trevorrow, as well as former Han Solo directors Lord and Miller, no longer work for Disney and Lucasfilm.

Another source, a veteran movie producer, added: "There's one gatekeeper when it comes to Star Wars and it's Kathleen Kennedy". After directing 2009's Star Trek, he returned to the rebooted franchise film series for 2013's sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

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