Like Han Solo swooping in to save Luke Skywalker at the end of the original "Star Wars," J.J. Abrams is rescuing "Episode IX" from disaster.
Abrams, who directed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," has been named the writer and director of the final film in the sequel trilogy. In announcing the move, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said, "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."
The job became available after Colin Trevorrow left the project last week.
The second film in the new trilogy, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," is due out December 15.