The news that Colin Trevorrow was leaving the director's chair for Star Wars: Episode IX left us all wondering exactly who Lucasfilm might find to replace him. Now, the decision has apparently been made. Rumors had indicated the studio was considering asking one of the previous saga directors to come back to finish the trilogy, but while most eyes were on Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, it will be Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams who will be back to direct Episode 9.
The Star Wars franchise has had a tough time with directors since coming back with its new trilogy, which may be why the word following Colin Trevorrow's departure was that the studio was considering the two directors they hadn't had any problems with. Rian Johnson made comments over the weekend that seemed to take him out of the running for the Episode IX job, which makes it a bit less surprising that J.J. Abrams has now been chosen, as Lucasfilm has now officially announced. In addition to directing the final film in the new trilogy, Abrams will also co-write the script for the movie alongside Chris Terrio.
All things considered, this is probably the best move that Disney and Lucasfilm could have made. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a much-beloved movie that went on to become the highest grossing film in domestic box office history. By any measure, J.J. Abrams time as director was a success, and that includes the fact that he kept the job all the way through production, something that can't be said for most others directors who have been involved in the franchise since the relaunch.
It's also nice that J.J. Abrams has had a break from the director's chair. If Rian Johnson had taken the job he would have been moving straight from one Star Wars movie to another, likely handling pre-production on one and post-production on the other at the same time. Having Abrams take the job lets Johnson finish Star Wars: The Last Jedi without distractions.
The announcement that J.J. Abrams will also be handing the writing of the movie, alongside, Argo scribe Chris Terrio, is also interesting, as it sounds like Star Wars: Episode IX may be going back to the drawing board with the script. The word when Colin Trevorrow left was that story issues were part of the reason for the split, but it would seem that, rather than simply improving on whatever Colin Trevorrow had started, the story will be reworked from scratch.
In the end, the best news here is that Star Wars: Episode IX has a director at all, as that means we won't be seeing any significant delay in the film's release. Do you think J.J. Abrams was the right man for the job? Let us know in the poll below.