There is no official confirmation on this yet, but according to a report on The Wrap, J.J. Abrams has been selected as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII. This news comes just weeks after the director himself publicly denied his involvement in the franchise’s revival, which is set to hit theaters in 2015.
Abrams is currently finishing production on Star Trek into Darkness, so he will have to move immediately from one sci-fi tentpole to another in order to make the release date for Episode VII. The site is also reporting that Disney was eyeing Ben Affleck for the gig as well before going with Abrams.
If this turns out to be true, this decision will likely sit well with Star Wars fans, especially after seeing what Abrams did with the Star Trek series. On that note, we’re not sure where that leaves Trek. It’s possible that if Abrams is only doing Episode VII that he will come back for one last journey on The Enterprise, but if he’s doing Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, then Into Darkness might be his last one.
Obviously we’ll have more on this story as details continue to come out.
[via The Wrap]
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