It has been announced that J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of ‘Star Wars’ with ‘The Force Awakens’ in 2015, is set to return to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’ “With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.” Chris Terrio is on board to co-write the film with Abrams, while Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm produce. ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019. Abrams replaces Colin Trevorrow (‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’), who parted ways with the project last week. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is released in Irish cinemas December 15, 2017.