Abrams Returns to “Star Wars”

2014 NBCUniversal TCA Winter Press Tour Portraits

The Force is strong with J.J. Abrams once again.

Following the exit of Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars: Episode IX, Disney made the blockbuster announcement that Abrams, who helmed 2015’s The Force Awakens, will co-write and direct the ninth episode of the science fiction saga.

This was announced after Rian Johnson, the director of this year’s eighth episode, The Last Jediwas considered a frontrunner. Johnson responded to the rumor that he hadn’t heard anything, but made the announcement that the title of the upcoming film does in fact refer to, Luke Skywalker, reprised by Mark Hamill as he finds a worthy student in newcomer Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

Because of the announcement, Disney has opted to move the film back to December 2019 for its release rather than May 24. Instead, May 24, 2019 will be the release date for the currently shooting Aladdin live-action film, directed by Guy Ritchie.

More as this develops.

H/T: Star Wars Official Homepage

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