What's actually going to happen in Episode IX [possible spoilers]?
Whatever ideas Trevorrow and his writers had seem to be off the table. The director was rumored to be "difficult" when it came to scripts, but his original plans were also likely impacted by Carrie Fisher's death. (Some have speculated that Episode IX was supposed to be a bit of a showcase for Fisher's character, Leia, as VIII was for Luke and VII for Han.) "Unfortunately, Fisher passed away, so by the time we were well under way with Episode IX, in our thoughts, we had not written a script yet," Kennedy's said. "We've regrouped, we started over again in January, so sadly, Carrie will not be in IX."
Abrams is obviously a big part of that regroup. As The Last Jedi was making its way into theaters, he was pitching his ideas to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Since The Last Jedi ends with the Resistance evading the First Order -- but not before sending out a distress call to their allies -- does that mean Abrams will keep the whole Tom and Jerry-esque chase going? Or will IX buy some time for the Resistance to plan a counter attack? Or! Will Force-sensitive Broom Kid come and save the day??? We don't know for sure, but we have some ideas. If Abrams' comments above, about telling the "last chapter" of this trilogy, are to be taken literally, a more conclusive showdown is imminent. We've moved to the Return of the Jedi phase.