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Was there really any other choice for who the director of Star Wars: Episode IX would be? Once Rian Johnson had ruled himself out of the picture it was clear that none other than would be the choice for and . In this article we will cover three major reasons as to why J.J. Abrams is the correct choice to direct . These reasons include his vast amount of experience in in film/TV, the time crunch that Star Wars: Episode IX is on, and (of course) how Abrams has already proven that he can handle the franchise with Episode VII.

TV, Film, and Sci-Fi

J.J. Abrams has been around the block a few times in the TV and film industry. I do not mean to come across as unwilling to give Colin a chance in the film industry because of his lack of experience; however, this is Star Wars we are talking about. Jurassic World is really the only thing that I know Trevorrow has been a part of. In addition to that, Trevorrow also directed The Book of Henry and Safety Not Guaranteed. All three of these movies did not receive a rating higher than a 7.0 on IMDb or higher than a 72 from Metascore. Now, when you look at the body of work that Abrams has produced, it is far more impressive. He has been involved in writing for 21 different movies and television series, has been a producer in 48 installments, and personally directed 13 different films and shows. Abrams has specifically made is living in the Sci-Fi realm of entertainment by directing movies such as Super 8, Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness, and something else that already has Star Wars in the title. Episode 7 alone was rated at an 8.1 on IMDb and 81 for Metascore, which is significantly higher than Trevorrow’s work.

J.J. Abrams on set of 'The Force Awakens' [Credit: SlashFilm]
J.J. Abrams on set of 'The Force Awakens' [Credit: SlashFilm]

The Zero Hour

After Disney purchased Lucasfilm it was announced that there would be a Star Wars movie every year starting with The Force Awakens in 2015. Disney has held true to this statement through 2017, barring some monumental breakdown with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. For Episode VII, Abrams was slotted as the director in January of 2013. The release date for this installment of Star Wars was in December of 2015. That would essentially be three full years for the story to be written, movie to be filmed, special effects to be added, etc. However, Episode IX was due to be released in May of 2019. This has already been pushed back to December 20, 2019. This will give Abrams and company effectively two years and three months to get Episode IX to be a finished product. With much of the heavy lifting, i.e. creation of a new Star Wars generation, already completed in Episode VII, this will hopefully be enough time for Episode IX to be accomplished. The clock most certainly is ticking for this movie.

J.J. Abrams [Credit: Den of Geek]
J.J. Abrams [Credit: Den of Geek]

A Director With Star Wars Experience

There are only three people on the planet today that can say they have directed one of the main episodes of Star Wars, this list would include George Lucas, Rian Johnson, and J.J. Abrams. Lucas, though the creator of Star Wars, would not have been a great selection, based on his work in Episodes I-III. Rian Johnson, as mentioned earlier in this article, had already ruled himself out. Johnson was one of the fan favorite selections. This is slightly beyond me, seeing as how we have not even had a full trailer released for his Star Wars movie, so how can people say that he should be the director for yet another Star Wars movie… I digress. With the first two options off the list as potential directors that left Mr. J.J. Abrams as the selection. Abrams has Star Wars experience that he can put on his resume. This had to have been a major reasoning for his invitation to direct Episode IX. Having already brought a plethora of success to the sequel trilogy in Episode VII, Lucasfilm and Disney will put their trust in a man that they already know is up for the task.


Is J.J. Abrams the right director for Episode IX?

Abrams brings exactly what is needed for this Star Wars movie. He brings loads of movie and especially Sci-Fi cinema experience with him, whereas his Episode IX predecessor was limited in this respect. Lucasfilm did not have much wiggle room in regards to time for selecting a new director for the film. With this being said they went with someone that they already knew they could put their faith in. J.J. Abrams was able to build this trust with the President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, in large part by delivering on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. My personal belief is that Star Wars fans are the hardest fans to please in the world. With The Force Awakens, Abrams was able to please the majority of these fans, which is a major accomplishment in itself. I am sure Abrams will do a great job with this movie and I for one believe that Lucasfilm was able to get this decision right. Do you think Abrams is the right man for the job – be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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