J.J. Abrams to return for Episode IX

Well, this is somewhat unexpected. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams will return to helm Episode IX. He’ll co-write the script with Chris Terrio (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, seriously.)

Last week, Lucasfilm announced that they had parted ways with original IX director Colin Trevorrow. Abrams’ name was being thrown around, along with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, but he was considered the longer shot… Jokes on us, I suppose.

UPDATE: Deadline reports that Johnson was offered the slot, but declined.

Rian Johnson: Only “a few more days of work” left on The Last Jedi (and about those IX rumors…)

The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is in Japan talking up Star Wars, and at a press conference he said the movie is all but finished, with “only a few days left of work.” He also announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a voice cameo as an alien.

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Report: Colin Trevorrow’s ego torpedoed his shot at Star Wars

Vulture reports on why Colin Trevorrow left Episode IX – per “speculation from a ranking Hollywood movie insider with direct knowledge of the productions on both The Book of Henry and Jurassic World” – that the director’s ego might have gotten in the way. Basically – do not mess with Kathleen Kennedy.

“When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway,” the executive continues. “He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”

Previous reports claimed script issues were at the source of the split.

The Last Jedi: Fresh First Order leaks

In rumor/spoiler territory, we have some new First Order-centric leaks this afternoon, courtesy of the Facebook group Templo Jedi Aztlan. There’s some sort of guard, a new stormtrooper look, and a new AT-AT. The first seems similar to the new figures reported by Making Star Wars, who debuted a sketch of one earlier this week. (via)

→ No, John Boyega’s tweet about playing a villain was not about Star Wars. Really, people? It did lead to a fun exchange with everyone’s dad Mark Hamill though.

The Last Jedi will come out slightly earlier in the U.K. (December 14) than in the U.S. (December 15,) just like Rogue One and The Force Awakens.

→ In the midst of some overplayed panic about the sequel trilogy not being ‘planned,’ Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has a few words about collaboration with Screenrant.

Colin Trevorrow: Episode IX will handle Leia with “love and respect”

Colin Trevorrow talks to Cinemablend about how they’ll be handling Carrie Fisher’s death in Episode IX:

She was a major character, that’s not a secret. She really was. And it was extremely sad for all of us, mostly just because she was so loved by the Star Wars family and everyone that worked with her. I feel like our options are limited mostly by ourselves, in that there is only certain things that we are willing to do. But I can guarantee it will be handled with love and respect, and all of the soul that Carrie Fisher deserves.

It’s a tough decision all-around, but let’s not forget the human element is important here. Yes, it’s easy to say they “should” do certain things for whatever reason, but these are also actual people we’re talking about who have to make this film. Like many fans, I’m a little wary of Trevorrow and his ability to handle this, but at least he seems to understand how important this is.