Update: Lucasfilm has also announced a new release date for Episode IX – December 20, 2019
[Source: Star Wars Official Twitter]
Lucasfilm’s plan to have different writers and directors attached to each of its numbered Star Wars sequels didn’t go according to plan. J.J. Abrams is replacing Colin Trevorrow as the director and co-writer of Star Wars: Episode IX, slated to release on May 24, 2019. Abrams was the guiding voice that helped reboot the Star Wars franchise with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
Abrams is joined by writer Chris Terrio, who wrote the screenplays for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and Argo. Fans hoped Rian Johnson would extend his stay at Lucasfilm after finishing up Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but getting Abrams to come back is even better news at this point, as we know what kind of Star Wars movie he will make, whereas Johnson is still an unknown (albeit talented) quantity in this beloved universe.
Production of Episode IX was originally slated to begin in February 2018, but with Trevorrow leaving that timeline may be moved back to give Abrams and Terrio time to dream up the final chapter of Rey and Kylo Ren’s story.