J.J. Abrams to Direct Next Star Wars

It's official: J.J. Abrams is returning to a galaxy  far, far away. He's signed on to co-write and director "Star Wars:  Episode IX." Abrams brought the franchise back to life with 2015's "The  Force Awakens," which he also co-wrote and directed. For the "Episode  IX" he's tapping Chris Terrio as his new co-writer. 

Abrams is replacing Trevorrow, who left the project due to what Disney called "differing visions" for the movie. 

"Star Wars: Episode IX" is set to hit theaters December 20th, 2019.