J.J. Abrams to Direct “Star Wars Episode IX”

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — J.J. Abrams has been tapped to direct “Star Wars Episode IX” after the departure of director Colin Trevorrow.

An official statement said Trevorrow and Lucasfilm mutually chose to part ways over differing visions for the project.

However, sources told Vulture that Trevorrow clashed with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who saw him as difficult.

The official Star Wars website confirmed on Sept. 12 that Abrams would be directing and co-writing the film with Chris Terrio.

Abrams directed “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” that revived the franchise and made over $2 billion at the box office.

Disney reportedly courted “Episode VIII” director Rian Johnson to take the helm of “Episode IX,” but he declined.

Disney had a similar director shakeup with its Han Solo spinoff movie in June when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced with Ron Howard.

“Star Wars Episode IX” is set for release in May of 2019.