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It's Official: J.J. Abrams Will Direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

The rumors were true: J.J. Abrams will direct "Star Wars: Episode IX" after Colin Trevorrow was booted from the franchise. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced the news via a statement today: "With 'The Force Awakens,' J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy." As with Ron Howard, who took over from 'The Lego Movie's Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on the Han Solo film, Lucasfilm is opting for a tried and true director.
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