After the recent upheaval to find a director to replace Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars Episiode IX, the announcement that J.J. Abrams would return to complete the current trilogy of the Skywalker Saga restored balance to the Force. Abrams, of course, helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which grossed $2-billion worldwide and reinvigorated the Star Wars film franchise. Abrams closing out the trilogy he began, while seen by many as a “safe” choice, is like poetry, it rhymes, as George Lucas might say.

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