The eighth film in the "Star Wars" series, "The Last Jedi", is now slated for release in December, with Rian Johnson having taken over directing duties. Abrams is returning to the Star Wars director's chair! So this is a sensible, fine move for the franchise.
Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, adds that she is excited to be working with the veteran director.
A dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber.
After the surprise departure of director Colin Trevorrow last week, Lucasfilm has announced the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will return for 2019's Episode IX. At least I picked one of them as J.J. Abrams is set to return write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is due out in theaters December 15.
"Episode IX" faced creative challenges after the sudden death of Fisher, who plays the franchise's Princess Leia, last year. It was a commercial hit, grossing over 2 billion worldwide and becoming the third highest grossing film of all time.
Directing Episode IX gives Abrams the opportunity to wrap up the stories of Rey, Kylo Ren and Finn that he put into motion.
Ron Howard has since been brought in to finish the film but the situation definitely raised eyebrows, especially with the decision made at such a late point in the film's production.