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It was announced today that acclaimed director JJ Abrams will return to the Star Wars franchise to take over the duties of writing and directing Star Wars Episode 9. Also of note is that the Star Wars Episode 9 release date has been pushed back to December 20,2019 from the original May 24th release date.
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Here is the official announcement from StarWars.com:
J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“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,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.