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As fans of the sci-fi franchise eagerly await the release of latest instalment Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, directed by Rian Johnson (Looper). There has certainly been quite the upheaval in recent months for future offerings.

Already we’ve seen directorial duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller depart the standalone Han Solo film, with Ron Howard drafted in. Now it has been the dilemma of who would take over from Jurassic World and The Book Of Henry’s Colin Trevorrow, who parted ways with Lucasfilm just last week on Episode IX.

After various speculation, the film will see a familiar face return. It has been confirmed via the official Star Wars website that J.J Abrams will replace Trevorrow, as Episode IX looks to remain on course for a December 2019 release.

Whilst this decision will be perceived by many as a safe choice. After Abrams breathed new life into the series, epitomised by the critical and box-office success that greeted The Force Awakens in 2015. It’s perhaps fitting that he will wrap up this particular trilogy, as we continue to learn the fates of such characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega).

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy in a statement said:

‘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.’

Abrams will also be co-writing the film, alongside Argo and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’s Chris Terrio.