12 September 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

J.J. Abrams will step in as director of “Star Wars: Episode IX” after Colin Trevorrow parted ways with the project earlier this week, Disney announced Tuesday. “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 in a statement. Abrams directed and produced “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015. He is also serving as an executive producer on the upcoming film “The Last Jedi,” out this December. Abrams will co-write “Episode IX” with Chris Terrio. Also Read: Colin Trevorrow Exits. »

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