We’re officially at rancor monster sized levels of giddiness here at SMTM! Towers with STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI just days away. We have so many unanswered questions that we need answers for NOW! Does Rey turn to the dark side? Is Luke a Grey Jedi? Is Chewbacca’s new co-pilot really a furry Porg? All important stuff we’re sure you’ll agree? However, we’ve gone off topic slightly as we can now bring you some more info on how THE FORCE AWAKENS director J.J. Abrams was persuaded to come back to helm Episode IX!

Originally JURASSIC WORLD director Colin Treverrow was on board to oversee production before a disagreement with the studio led to him being replaced with Abrams. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Abrams opened up about his return:

“I had no intention to return, but when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in Seven. I learned so much in that movie and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realize something that we hadn’t quite achieved – and part of that was it was simply the beginning of these new characters and their story. The opportunity to sort of take what we had learned, to take the feeling of who these characters are and what they are and give them a final chapter that felt in the spirit of what we begun? It was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up.”
As much as we loved THE FORCE AWAKENS part of us would have perhaps liked to have seen another visionary director take the reigns (Taiki Waititi??) but J.J. knows the universe inside out so we’re sure it will end on a high. What are your thoughts more importantly?