JJ Abrams takes over as director on 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Colin Trevorrow Star Wars

Colin Trevorrow Star Wars

Who will direct Star Wars Episode IX now that Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm have "mutually chose to part ways"?

In a statement, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said she was "excited" to welcome Abrams back to the iconic sci-fi franchise, after he previously helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

If Las Vegas took odds on Colin Trevorrow's replacement for Star Wars: Episode IX, the odds on favourite would have to be Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.

Lucasfilm re-hired Abrams following the recent departure of previous "Episode IX" director Colin Trevorrow, who left the project due to creative differences. It was reported that Rian Johnson, who is now finishing this December's The Last Jedi, could step in to take over the next part of the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars: Episode IX is now scheduled for release on May 24th, 2019.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. Rian John directed "The Last Jedi", which will be released in theaters in December. The film made more than $2 billion at the global box office.

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In the past, Johnson said he was interested in making another Star Wars movie, but it looks like the director has had his fill for the time being.

Abrams will be completing the sequel trilogy by directing and co-writing the film with Chris Terrio.

A dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber.

But Johnson recently told reporters in Japan (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he's not thinking about Episode IX. "To me, 'Star Wars" is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can't mess with it".

Filmmaker JJ Abrams is returning to the Star Wars franchise, taking over to direct the latest film. Luckily, Episode IX isn't slated to come out for another two years, but that doesn't mean that the fans aren't hungrier than a Rancor to see who fills that spot.

In June, Lucasfilm sacked directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("21 Jump Street", "The Lego Movie"), who were just weeks away from wrapping principal photography on the hotly-anticipated Han Solo spinoff.

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