For the past few days, uncertainty has reigned over the cinematic universe following news that Colin Trevorrow had abandoned plans to direct the next installment in the Star Wars saga.
With rumors flying around, fans of the franchise waited impatiently to hear who would be replacing the Jurassic World director. Now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief as it turns out that none other than J.J. Abrams will be at the helm of Episode: IV.
Abrams, who helped reboot the franchise with The Force Awakens, will be directing and writing the movie alongside screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman and Justice League). Speaking about the decision, president of Lucasfilm Kathleen 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."
Same goes for us, Kathleen. Star Wars: Episode IX is set for a 2019 release.