by Emily Reuben
After speculation surrounding who would be replacing director Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams has been confirmed as the director and co-writer of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.
Colin Trevorrow, the director originally set to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, allegedly faced creative differences with Disney and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy regarding the film. Eventually, this resulted in Trevorrow leaving the project.
J.J. Abrams previously helped usher in a new era of Stars Wars with the 2015 film, The Force Awakens. Initially, the film received some negative feedback from veteran Star Wars fans and critics. Michael Hiltzik from the LA Times write, “[The film] is not very good … it’s depressingly unimaginative and dull in long stretches, and — crucially — reproduces George Lucas’ original 1977 movie slavishly almost to the point of plagiarism.”
However, despite some negative reviews, the film was received with overwhelmingly positive reviews on aggregate sites like Rotten Tomatoes and totaled $247,966,675 during its opening weekend in the United States alone.
In regard to Abrams previous work on The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy states, “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.”
In the past, J.J Abrams has acted as a producer and writer for popular films including Armageddon (1998) and Cloverfield (2008). Abrams has also recently directed Star Trek (2008), Super 8 (2011), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Outside of film, Abrams has having created or co-created multiple TV dramas such as Felicity (1998-2003) and Lost (2004-2010).
The new Star Wars film will be releasing on December 20th, 2019.