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J.J. Abrams is directing the next 'Star Wars: Episode IX.' Here's how he got to that point.

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It was announced today that J.J. Abrams will direct "Star Wars: Episode IX," so let's take a look back at the highlights of his career.

When Abrams was a college senior, he wrote a film treatment with Jill Mazursky. It was purchased by Touchstone Pictures and served as the basis for "Taking Care of Business."

He then went on to write "Regarding Henry," starring Harrison Ford and Annette Bening. He makes an appearance in the film as the pizza delivery boy.

Abrams quickly followed with "Forever Young." The screenplay came from an original story, titled "The Rest of Daniel."

Did you know that Abrams worked on the screenplay for 1998's "Armageddon"? A lot of people are surprised to learn that.

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Abrams made the jump from movies to television and created the series "Felicity."

Continuing his work in television, Abrams created the ABC television series "Alias," which was generally well-received by critics.

He continued by creating "Lost." You might have heard of it.

"Mission: Impossible III" was Abrams' feature directorial debut. Following that, he produced "Cloverfield" in 2008.

2008 was also the premiere of the series "Fringe," created by, you guessed it, Abrams.

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He directed and co-produced 2009's "Star Trek." He also directed the 2013 sequel, "Star Trek Into Darkness."

Abrams wrote and directed science-fiction thriller film "Super 8" and co-produced it with Steven Spielberg.

And from there, Abrams directed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which brings us to today's announcement that he'll be directing "Star Wars: Episode IX."

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