J.J. Abrams will return to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX

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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.
 
 
Commentary: When they announced that Colin Trevorrow was no longer directing Episode IX, my immediate throught was "Hey, they should get JJ to do it!"  I am glad that is exactly what is happening.  I know there is a vocal minority of people who hate JJ Abrhams and felt the he ruined the franchise with THE FORCE AWAKENS, but I really think most of those people are clueless. You can tell that JJ has a great love and respect for the franchise.  If Episode IX represents an end of a chapter like III and VI, I love that JJ, who started this chapter, is the one who gets to end it.  Now it sort of bums me out that he didn't do all three, but you can't get everything.
 
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.