J.J. Abrams To Helm “Star Wars: Episode IX”?

There have been five announced new “Star Wars” projects scheduled for release over the next five years. Four of them already have directors, but the final one of the batch – “Star Wars: Episode IX” – has yet to lock in one.

Today, Latino Review reports that Disney have seen footage from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” are very happy with what director J.J. Abrams has delivered, so much so there’s a good chance he’ll be back to direct ‘Episode IX’ despite early rumors of disagreements between him and Disney, and his absence from both the two spin-off films and “Episode VIII”.

Up until this point, the rumor was that “Episode VIII” director Rian Johnson would return for the final instalment, is that no longer the case? Either way the site claims there have been enough conversations about Abrams returning that they’ve been able to independently verify four times that at the least he’s the front-runner for the gig.

The final “Star Wars” is due out sometime in 2019.