• Filmmaker J.J. Abrams admits he nearly turned down the offer to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. 1 / 6

    JJ Abrams Directing Harrison Ford in Star Wars The Force Awakens
  • After helming The Force Awakens, Abrams was relieved he had directed a film with his love of franchise still intact. 2 / 6

    Rey in Star Wars The Last Jedi
  • Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy convinced Abrams to return. 3 / 6

    Poe Dameron gets ready to fight in the Last Jedi.
  • Abrams realized helming the production was a chance to close the story he started in 2015. 4 / 6

    Darth Vader's close-up in Rogue One.
  • The risk of getting too close to the franchise he loved again was nearly a deal breaker, but his trust in Kennedy won him over. 5 / 6

    Oscar Isaac as Poe in The Last Jedi.
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