JJ Abrams to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX

The Force is apparently strong with JJ Abrams. Less than a week after Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow, um, parted ways, Abrams is returning to the Star Wars universe to finish the trilogy he started. He'll co-write, with Chris Terrio, and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, due out in December 2019.

"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," Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a press release.