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May the Force Be with Him: Director of Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie Announced, and Its Someone Familiar
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Calling all rebels: Lucasfilm just announced the director for the next Star Wars installment, and it’s a return to the familiar. J.J. Abrams, director and producer of little-known films and TV shows like CloverfieldMission: Impossible III and Westworld, will helm the final installment of the three-part sequel that began with Episode VII: The Force Awakens (which he also directed).

For now, little is being said about why the director of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, is not being asked to return for the last movie of the trilogy, nor about why the initial director of Episode IX, Colin Trevorrow, had been booted off the film (though rumors of numerous clashes with Lucasfilm execs are still swirling).

Regardless, the last installment will premiere sometime in 2019. And wait eagerly for its release, we will.

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