Enlarge / Is this shot from Episode VII or freshly taken for Episode IX? Either way—JJ is back, baby. (credit: Lucasfilm)
One week after firing Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has emerged with a big-name replacement: JJ Abrams. You may have heard of him. He created a little show called Alias.
Oh, and then went on to work on roughly 4,000 major pop-culture things, including the series-redeeming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
The announcement, posted officially by Lucasfilm on Tuesday morning, added that Abrams will also co-write the upcoming film—and that his writing partner is Chris Terrio.

That name will undoubtedly be less familiar to Star Wars fans, but the writer’s legacy in film is a little more mixed, containing equal parts good (Argo won him a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar) and the bad (he had the unenviable job of dragging the awful Batman V Superman script to the finish line).
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