J.J. Abrams To Write & Direct Last Star Wars Film in the Trilogy

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of 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.
“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,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
We know that he wished he directed the second Star Wars film “The Last Jedi,” a task taken on by Rian Johnson.  Greg Grunberg, Abrams’ longtime friend who plays Snap Wexley in “The Force Awakens,” revealed that bit of info to The Washington Post.

“He read it and said something he never, ever says,” Grunberg said in a story that posted Tuesday. “He said, ‘It’s so good, I wish I were making it.'” Grunberg went on to say that Abrams might have said something similar once or twice while working on “Lost,” but that he has never really seen Abrams express that level of regret before.

Perhaps now returning to direct the last film in the trilogy, he won’t regret giving the opportunity away to someone else.

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