THIS WILL BE HIS SECOND STAR WARS MOVIE.
Abrams was director of the Force Awakens, the first revival of the franchise. It earned $2.06 billion worldwide gross, which makes it the third highest-grossing film of all time behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.
After Trevorrow was let go for “creative differences”, Rian Johnson was offered the job but declined. Inspite busy with other projects, he conveniently doesn’t have a next film to direct. And with his good track record with Lucasfilm so far, he’s a good choice.
Below is the news release that posted on Starwars.com:
J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“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.