Star Wars is one of the biggest science fiction franchises to impact modern culture. It is no surprise that the main film series is still ongoing and is being expanded upon. A lot of acclaimed directors have been asked to work on Episode IX in the latest trilogy, but it seems that J.J. Abrams will take the helm for now.

This is after the departure of star wars episode IX's previous director, Colin Trevorrow. In a report by The Verge, it seems that J.J. Abrams was on the short-list of directors that will be in charge of the film if a director backed out.

Reportedly, Rian Johnson, director of "The Last Jedi," was on the short-list too but he declined.

An eager and capable returnee

J.J. Abrams is not a surprising pick, seeing that he was the one who directed "The Force Awakens." This is the film that kicked off the latest trilogy, and it became a huge success. It is safe to say that Abrams is no stranger to making sequels. He's no stranger to the Star Wars universe, at least.

As for why Abrams did not return to direct "The Last Jedi," it seems that he has a personal reason. Primarily, he just thought that it would be draining to direct two Star Wars films in consecutive succession.

He also jokingly thought that it could be a display of virtue. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said, "If 'The Force Awakens' worked, it was the perfect place to say, 'I got to make a Star Wars movie,' and not be a greedy bastard."

In any case, J.J. Abrams is back to direct Episode IX, the third and final film of the latest trilogy.

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The same report from The Verge tells us that he will be co-writing the screenplay with Chris Terrio. Terrio was the screenwriter for films like "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League."

Colin Trevorrow's reasons for leaving

As for Colin Trevorrow, it seems that his departure from directing the film is final. The reason officially cited by Lucasfilm was a "differing creative vision" for the film.

There has always been a dispute over how the script was written for Episode IX. Jack Thorne, the writer for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," was even brought in by Lucasfilm to do a rewrite of the film.

There was also the matter of Trevorrow's relationship with Kathleen Kennedy. Kennedy is the current Lucasfilm president, and it was reported that relations between her and the director were becoming too difficult to deal with. This difficulty also weighed in as one of the biggest factors in the director's exit from the franchise.

It is unfortunate to lose Trevorrow's expertise. However, if "The Force Awakens" is any indication, fans can rest assured that J.J. Abrams will at least give the latest Star Wars trilogy a satisfying conclusion.