After directing the immense success that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams is returning to direct Episode IX of the legendary space-opera. He will also be co-writing the film with Chris Terrio, much like he did on The Force Awakens with Lawrence Kasdan.
The return of Abrams to the Star Wars universe was announced this past Tuesday by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. In her address, Kennedy said, “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.”
She isn’t wrong, as The Force Awakens was the most critically successful Star Wars film since the original trilogy of the 1970s and 80s, not to mention the fact that it earned over $2 billion in the box office and set the record for the biggest earnings gap between first and second-place movies during their opening weekend of all time.
Episode IX is set to hit theaters in May of 2019.