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In this March 2, 2017 file photo, director-producer J.J. Abrams poses for a portrait to promote "The Play That Goes Wrong" at the Lyceum Theatre in New York.

J.J. Abrams is returning to Star Wars, replacing Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of Episode IX. On Tuesday, Disney announced Abrams' return a week after news broke of Trevorrow's departure. After several high-profile exits by previous Star Wars directors, Lucasfilm is turning to the filmmaker who helped resurrect the franchise in the first place.

In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in ...

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