JJ Abrams Returns To Direct Star Wars 9 Replacing Colin Trevorrow

Carla Harmon
September 13, 2017

Filmmaker JJ Abrams is returning to the Star Wars franchise, taking over to direct the latest movie, which will be filmed at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

Trevorrow's departure was seen as a significant upheaval as he is considered hot property after scoring big with Universal's creature feature Jurassic World (2015), the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time.

Abrams will be replacing Colin Trevorrow, who exited the film franchise in August due to "differing visions" with the company, according to the announcement. At the same time, pushing the movie back to December will in no way hurt the film's profits, as Star Wars will continue to hold a tight grip on the holiday season's box office and merchandise sales for the rest of this decade.

Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday.

The director of the Star Trek reboot, Super 8 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be writing and directing Episode IX. Johnson's name had been mentioned by sources close to Lucasfilm as a potential candidate to direct Episode IX, which is still scheduled to begin shooting early next year. He's often said it himself: Star Wars was his thing growing up, and you can tell it's true when watching The Force Awakens (even if, yes, that sometimes means the film hews a little too closely to the original Lucas movie). First up though is director Rian Johnson with The Last Jedi, which arrives on December 15th.

That's surely why Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has returned to Abrams now to complete the trilogy, after several misadventures with younger directors on the new crop of Star Wars movies.

Many fans expressed admiration for The Force Awakens and signaled their approval of the decision, although others saw it as a missed opportunity.

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard was brought in to oversee the remainder of the film's production.

Everybody wants to be in a Star Wars movie, but there are only so many chosen ones and Jedi masters to be found in a galaxy far, far away.

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