JJ Abrams, who is no doubt currently putting the finishing touches to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has confirmed that he won't be taking the reins of the franchise for a second time for Episode 9.
Abrams has told Entertainment Weekly "I'm not going to direct Episode IX" and "as much as I am deeply envious of anyone who gets to work with the group of people on the future movies".
Episode 9 is due to hit cinemas in 2018, rounding off a new trilogy following Episode 7, The Force Awakens this Christmas and an as-yet untitled Episode 8 in 2017, which will be directed by Rian Johnson who is perhaps best known for Looper.
(We've also got at least two Stars Wars Anthology spin-off films to look forward to, with Rogue One coming next year directed by Gareth Edwards who did the 2014 reboot of Godzilla and a Han Solo origin story directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord also due in 2018.)
One episode 9 rumour that is apparently doing the rounds is the suggestion that Colin Trevorrow, who most recently helmed Jurassic World could be tasked with rounding off the trilogy. But you never know... perhaps they'll bring back George Lucas instead...?
Obviously at this stage details of Episode 9's plot are virtually non-existent. But here's hoping that a government minister won't accidentally ruin it in advance. [Den of Geek]