After Lucasfilm announced that Colin Trevorrow was no longer directing Episode IX, there were many speculations that Rian Johnson would take over the final movie of the trilogy. Now, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode IX and he will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Also, the movie will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
Not only did Disney and Lucasfilm announce the director replacing Trevorrow, a new release date for the last movie of the trilogy has been announced as well. Episode IX will be out in theaters on December 20, 2019 and not on May 24, 2019.
It’s not surprising that Episode IX has been pushed to a December release given that The Force Awakens was supposed to be released in Summer 2015 but was then given a December release date. The Last Jedi was also supposed to be released in May 2017 but was pushed to December 2017 as well so Rian Johnson would have more time to work on the movie. If anything, having a Star Wars movie in May will feel a bit odd right now after having several Star Wars movies released in December (I’m looking at you Han Solo standalone film).
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