Disney announced yesterday that J.J. Abrams will take over directing Star Wars: Episode IX for Colin Trevorrow. Soon after, they announced that they will push back the film’s release from May 2019 to December 20, 2019, giving Star Wars fans an early Christmas present.
We’re not surprised as a director change can impact a film’s production and rumor has it that the screenplay needs to be rewritten with plans that Abrams and Chris Terrio will do just that. A very important reason for the rewrite has been that IX was supposed to focus on General Leia and with the death of Carrie Fisher last December, changes must be made. Plans have been stated that while they won’t use CGI to recreate her, they may use preshot footage and Leia will play a less significant role as a result of Fisher’s death.