J. J. Abrams to return to Star Wars; to write, direct Episode IX

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 3:59 PM EDT

J. J. Abrams will be closing out the new Star Wars trilogy that he helped to create as it was announced that he will be writing and directing episode IX.

After not having a live-action Star Wars movie since 2005's "Revenge of the Sith," Abrams co-wrote and directed 2015's "The Force Awakens," which reunited such classic characters as Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and, of course, Luke Skywalker.

But he also introduced some new, memorable characters like Rey, a force-sensitive scavenger, Finn, a First Order Stormtrooper who rebelled, and Poe Dameron, a resistance X-wing pilot, plus another cute droid to go along with R2-D2 and C-3PO: BB-8.

Plus, Darth Vader's grandson the villainous Kylo Ren.

“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,” stated Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy on starwars.com, who will produce it along with Abrams, his company Bad Robot, Lucasfilm and Michelle Rejwan.

Abrams, along with Chris Terrio, will be writing the unnamed episode.

Abrams will be replacing Colin Trevorrow, who stepped down as director for “Star Wars Episode IX” on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

“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,” a statement read. “We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”

The film now has a release date of December 20, 2019. It was supposed to be released in May originally. The title of the film has not been released.