J.J. Abrams will write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX according to a statement on the Star Wars website.
Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will co-write the film with Chris Terrio.
Previous director Colin Trevorrow left the project last week.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said: “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.”
Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
Chris Terrio’s previous writing credits include Argo, Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Trevorrow exited the sequel last Tuesday (September 5). A statement released at the time said: ”Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”
Star Wars: Episode IX currently has a release date of December 20, 2019.