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The director's chair of Star Wars: Episode 9 has been going through some issues of late but it's now been confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams will return to finish out the new trilogy. While this is great news for fans who loved the first entry in the new generation of Star Wars movies, it's also really great news for at least one Star Wars actor. John Boyega says he's excited to hear that Abrams is back, and the actor has a theory as to why the director decided to return. According to Boyega...
Yeah, I'm really happy, really excited. I actually sent him an email and asked him if the real reason is because he misses me. And I think that's what it is; that's the only reason why he came back, and I appreciate that.
While we're not sure we ascribe to the idea that J.J. Abrams is directing an entire movie just as an excuse to hang out with John Boyega, we can't be entirely certain that isn't the case, maybe Boyega is just that cool. From all outward appearances, Abrams did seem to enjoy his time working on Star Wars, so it's certainly possible that he was excited by the possibility of doing it again. We're sure that included working with the actors, though probably working with all the actors, not just John Boyega as he tells Planete Star Wars.
The need for J.J. Abrams to come back came to pass following the announcement that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was leaving the film following the decision that his vision of the film was different than what Lucasfilm was looking for. This was the second time in recent months that director issues had become a problem for Lucasfilm, as the studio had already had to replace the directors of the upcoming Han Solo movie. Considering the difficulty that Lucasfilm seems to be having finding directors that work in their structure, it's not surprising they went back to the only one has thus far seen an entire film make it from start to finish as a director. Though, it should be said, that everything is looking good for Rian Johnson to do the same thing with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The change in director has also led to a fresh look at the script, which J.J. Abrams will also be involved in, as well as a delay in production that pushed Star Wars: Episode IX 's release day from May of 2019 into December. This is at least a better situation than the one Ron Howard has found himself in, having to put together a movie when half of the filming was already done. We'll see how Star Wars: Episode IX comes together when it's released December 20, 2019.