It is a welcome return. Abrams kicked off the new trilogy in 2015 with The Force Awakens but ceded the director's chair to Rian Johnson (Looper) for the sequel.
"With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy," Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.
Episode IX will close out the new trilogy. The film still does not have a title, and a release date is yet to be confirmed.
But get pumped!