Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Then the news came that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow had been removed from Star Wars IX... only for golden child Abrams to once again take command. "His "Star Wars" predecessor J.J. Abrams" name also came up.

During a press event in Japan over the weekend, Johnson announced that Gordon-Levitt is set to make a unique appearance in the second film of the galactic trilogy, The Last Jedi.

Episode IX, the final part in the latest trilogy, will be produced by Kennedy and Abrams, Michelle Rejwan, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm. Johnson's name had been mentioned by sources close to Lucasfilm as a potential candidate to direct Episode IX, which is still scheduled to begin shooting early next year.

J.J. Abrams is not a surprising pick, seeing that he was the one who directed "The Force Awakens". He's often said it himself: Star Wars was his thing growing up, and you can tell it's true when watching The Force Awakens (even if, yes, that sometimes means the film hews a little too closely to the original Lucas movie).

Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday.

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Gordon-Levitt has appeared in almost all of Johnson's films so it makes sense he'll pop up for at least a hot second in The Last Jedi.

Abrams will co-write Episode IX, which is due to be released in 2019, with Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio. The weekly trade paper reported that the relationship between Trevorrow and Kennedy had become "unmanageable", although it added that she had tried to avoid losing another director. The pair were replaced by veteran director Ron Howard. However, if "The Force Awakens" is any indication, fans can rest assured that J.J.

Last week, Johnson also spilled the beans on the identity of the titular last Jedi, and confirmed that it refers to Luke Skywalker.

"Star Wars Chapter Nine: Revenge of the Lens Flare, written and directed by JJ Abrams", quipped New York Times columnist John Podhoretz, referring to the director's predilection for the visual effect he used extensively in Star Trek (2009).

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