As plans for the new Star Wars Universe slowly continue to unfold, a new report suggests The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams may have a larger role in the franchise’s future than originally expected.
We’ve known for some time that J.J. Abrams would not be helming the next installment in the new Star Wars trilogy and that was confirmed recently when Disney officially announced that Looper writer/director Rian Johnson would be taking over directing duties on 2017’s Episode 8. Johnson has long been attached to the project and at one point was rumored to also be attached to write and direct 2019’s Episode 9, but now according to Latino Review, that may not be the case. According to multiple sources, Disney is very happy with what Abrams has done with this December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and he is currently the frontrunner to return to helm the final film in the trilogy. Of course a lot could happen between now and then, but Abrams has stated that he will remain on as an executive producer on Episode 8 so a return behind the camera after a short break seems possible. In the meantime, we have The Force Awakens to look forward to on December 18th, but before that, Disney has revealed details on a new book titled Aftermath that will fill in the 30 year timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Part of their upcoming “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” series that will consist of around 20 canon books in various formats including novels, comic books, illustrated references and sticker books, Aftermath will be the first novel in a trilogy that will take place right after the Battle of Endor as word spreads of the Emperor and Darth Vader’s deaths as a new government is formed. The news affects the different inhabitants of the galaxy in a very unique ways. Aftermath is scheduled to arrive this September and promises to include new fan favorite characters and some names and locations that will fit into The Force Awakens.