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Abrams - a familiar face in the "Star Wars" universe who directed "The Force Awakens" (2015) - will co-write the film with Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for the screenplay for "Argo" (2012), the Disney-owned studio said.

Rian Johnson has cast doubt on on reports that he may take over for Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX after Trevorrow left the film last week.

The franchise's next installment, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will hit theaters on December 15.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN.

Clearly, he doesn't entirely rule himself out of taking the next film on, but conversely, he's got three months of promoting Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead of him.

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX.

There were rumors apparently circulating then that the "Jurassic World" director was likely going to lose his gig when his movie "The Book of Henry" premiered to lackluster reviews, and went on to do poorly at the box-office.

Over the weekend, Rian Johnson said that he did not now have any plans to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, though at the time a lot of fans just assumed he was being cautious with his language because he hadn't yet officially closed a deal.

In addition to pressure from fans and stakeholders "Episode IX" also has the added responsibility of dealing with the unexpected death of Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher late previous year - after her work had been completed on "The Last Jedi". If he did direct Episode IX, he'd then have to go through all of that pressure again within two years of having to deal with it the first time. The untitled Han Solo spin-off recently lost its directors at the very end of the production and it's starting to look like there might be a bit of a struggle for directors to see their vision through.

Use the Force for more Star Wars! Many directors' names have been brought into consideration, but one name that many fans are hoping for is the director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, #RianJohnson.

This comes following the departure of Colin Trevorrow, who it was revealed was stepping down as director over the weekend due to "creative differences".