J.J. Abrams is officially returning to a galaxy far, far away.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens helmer has signed on to write and direct Episode IX, replacing Colin Trevorrow, who exited the project last week.
Abrams will co-write Episode IX with Academy Award winner Chris Terrio, the writer behind Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and this November’s superhero epic Justice League
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the following in a statement:
“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”
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was initially said to be the frontrunner to replace Trevorrow, but he shot down those reports yesterday, saying: “Whoever does it, I’m going to be really excited to be an audience member again.”
Star Wars: Episode IX is currently slated to hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!