J. J. Abrams Returning to Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Clendenin, Jay –– B581318697Z.1 BEVERLY HILLS, CA––JUNE 5, 2011––Writer and director J.J. Abrams is photographed during promotion of his upcoming film, "Super 8," at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hlls, June 5, 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

It’s official. Per StarWars.com comes the announcement:

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“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.

What are your thoughts on this news? I know a lot of people have their issues with Abrams’ take on The Force Awakens so sound off in the comments below.