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Disney wants Star Wars 7 director to helm the last film of the new trilogy Disney/Lucasfilm

New Star Wars related rumours have surfaced online suggesting that Disney wants The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams back to helm the third and final film of the new trilogy.

It has already been confirmed that Star Wars 8 will be written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper) but according to Latino Review, Abrams is the front-runner to direct Star Wars: Episode IX.

"There are enough conversations about J.J. Abrams returning to direct Episode IX that we've been able to independently verify it four times that his name is the front-runner for the last trilogy instalment," states the website.

The report also reveals that people at Disney, who have seen some of the footage from the upcoming Star Wars 7, are quite pleased with what Abrams has delivered and hence want him back to end the trilogy.

With Star Wars 9 slated for release in 2019, anything could happen at this point. Earlier rumours claimed episode 8 director Johnson might end up writing and directing episode 9 as well. And even if Disney wants Abrams to return, he might decline the offer. After all, the director has been quite vocal about how crazy the process has been.

Meanwhile, fans are looking forward to the new trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which will reportedly feature the original trilogy characters - Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia among others. The trailer is expected to be attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron which releases in the US on 1 May, 2015.

However, seeing that Avengers 2 will release on 24 April in certain parts of the world, there's a strong chance that fans might be treated to the new Star Wars trailer in April itself.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on 18 December, 2015.