Star Wars di­rec­tor will be back at Pinewood

JJ Abrams will co-write and di­rect Episode IX

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: TRHer­bert

EMMY-AWARD win­ning JJ Abrams is re­turn­ing to Pinewood Stu­dios to di­rect the lat­est in­stal­ment of the Star Wars fran­chise.

Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars films when he di­rected its pre­de­ces­sor The Force Awak­ens in 2015, will also co-write Star Wars: Episode IX with Chris Ter­rio.

He re­places pre­vi­ous di­rec­tor Colin Trevor­row, who quit the film over dif- fer­ent ‘vi­sions’ with Lu­cas­film.

Film­ing for Star Wars Episode IX is ex­pected to take place at Pinewood Stu­dios, in Iver, with sched­uled re­leased date of De­cem­ber 20, 2019.

Lu­cas­film pres­i­dent Kathleen Kennedy said: “With The Force Awak­ens, JJ de­liv­ered ev­ery­thing we could have pos­si­bly hoped for, and I am so ex­cited that he is com­ing back to close out this tril­ogy.”

Star Wars: Episode IX will be pro­duced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Re­jwan, Abrams, Bad Ro­bot, and Lu­cas­film.

A state­ment about Trevor­row on Lu­cas­film’s web­site reads: “Lu­cas­film and Colin Trevor­row have mu­tu­ally cho­sen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX.

“Colin has been a won­der­ful col­lab­o­ra­tor through­out the de­vel­op­ment process but we have all come to the con­clu­sion that our vi­sions for the project dif­fer.

“We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more in­for­ma­tion about the film soon.”

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Prince Wil­liam gets a hug from Chew­bacca on the Star Wars set at Pinewood

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