JJ Abrams will direct 'Star Wars Episode 9'

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Lucasfilm announced that Abrams has signed on to direct and co-write the second and final sequel to his "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2019.

Lucasfilm has announced that J.J. Abrams is returning to a galaxy far, far away. "Particularly when I realise I won't get to say 'Action!' to Daisy Ridley, or get to work with Mark Hamill in a scene where he gets to speak", said the 50-year-old director.

Earlier this month, Lucasfilm and Trevorrow had "mutually chosen to part ways" on the upcoming film because of differing visions for it.

In between, we'll have the in-production Star Wars Han Solo movie, which is being directed by Ron Howard after co-directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord left the project back in the summer. We'll be covering it all, so be sure to follow Substream on Twitter to ensure you never miss another headline.

Lens-flare-lovers, rejoice! J.J. Abrams is returning to the Star Wars franchise to write and direct the as-yet-untitled Episode IX.

After the firing of Colin Trevorrow, sites began speculating who would direct the last movie in the latest Star Wars Trilogy.

The eighth installment of the original saga, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, is set for release December 15.

The news that Abrams and Terrio are writing the script for Episode IX suggests that much or all of the existing script will be tossed. He'll also produce Star Wars: Episode IX with Bad Robot, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Lucasfilm.

Abrams' "The Force Awakens" was one of the biggest box office successes in the history of film.

Kennedy expressed her joy over having Abrams back, saying he is everything the company could hope for.