J.J. Abrams to Write and Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of STAR WARS 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. The film hits theaters on May 24, 2019.

Said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, "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."

The franchise's next installment, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will hit theaters on December 15. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film will star Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Domhnall Gleeson as Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. New cast members include Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran as Rose.

Source: StarWars.com/Walt Disney Studios

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