The "Star Wars" franchise is turning to a familiar face to wrap up its latest trilogy.
Abrams seems like a logical choice to fill in. He has plenty of sci-fi experience after directing two "Star Trek" films and, of course, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" — the first film in the latest "Star Wars" trilogy.
Perhaps more importantly, Abrams has proved he can handle the demands of working on a "Star Wars" project, which has been tough on directors in the past.
"Rogue One" director Gareth Edwards said Disney executives decided to rewrite and reshoot a lot of the film, including the ending.
Abrams will co-write the new script Chris Terrio, who wrote the upcoming "Justice League" film and won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay for "Argo."
In the Abrams announcement, Lucasfilm also said it would push back the release date from May 2019 to December that year.