A week after Colin Trevorrow was ousted as director of Star Wars: Episode IX because he is an asshole, the film has found a new writer and director by circling back to the writer and director of The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams.
“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.
Abrams will co-write the script with Chris Terio.
And it’s a fine choice, a safe choice, one that will ensure that there are no more hiccups for the foreseeable future, but it’s not a particularly interesting choice. The Force Awakens was great, but no franchise is in a better position to truly put a female or a woman of color on the map — could actually make a difference and it did with the casting in Force Awakens and it’s somewhat disappointing to see the franchise return to the same middle-aged white guy, which is officially par for the course now for the series (Abrams, Howard, Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson).