"Star Wars: Episode Nine" has a new director: It's J.J. Abrams, who directed "Episode Seven - The Force Awakens". He'll also serve as co-writer.
It was supposed to be directed by Colin Trevorrow . . . the guy who did "Jurassic World". But he either quit or was fired last week over creative differences.
The swap WILL impact the release date. "Episode Nine" was supposed to hit theaters in May of 2019, but now it's being pushed back seven months to December of that year.
"Star Wars: Episode Eight - The Last Jedi" is still hitting theaters this coming December. It was directed by Rian Johnson.