J.J. ABRAMS WILL HELM STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

24 Hours Vancouver - - ENTERTAINMENT - MARK DANIEL

The Force is strong with this one.

J.J. Abrams, who helped kick­start a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awak­ens in 2015, will re­turn to com­plete the se­quel tril­ogy as writer and di­rec­tor of Star Wars: Episode IX.

Pre­vi­ously an­nounced di­rec­tor Colin Trevor­row (Juras­sic World) stepped away from the project last week cit­ing cre­ative dif­fer­ences, which fol­lowed the de­par­ture of Chris Miller and Phil Lord from the stand­alone Han Solo movie mid­shoot (they were re­placed by Ron Howard).

The Abrams an­nounce­ment was made of­fi­cial on Star Wars’ Twit­ter ac­count Tues­day morn­ing.

Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Ter­rio, who helped script Jus­tice League and Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice.

“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 will be pro­duced by Kennedy, Michelle Re­jwan, Abrams, Bad Ro­bot, and Lu­cas­film.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi di­rec­tor Rian John­son was ru­moured to be a front-run­ner to take over for Episode IX, but he re­futed that talk dur­ing a promo visit to Ja­pan.

“It was never in the plan for me to di­rect Episode IX, so I don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen with it,” he ex­plained.

“For me, I was en­tirely fo­cused on Episode VIII and hav­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence. Now I’m just think­ing about putting the movie out there and see­ing how au­di­ences re­spond to it. So no, I’m not re­ally think­ing about that right now.”

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