Exciting news for fans of the Star Wars franchise: JJ Abrams is on course to direct the next Star Wars movie it has been announced today.
The director of the Star Trek franchise will be at the helm of the as yet unnamed 7th film in the series, which was announced last year after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a deal said to be worth billions of dollars. The Wrap reports that Ben Affleck was also in the running for the position, one of the most coveted in Hollywood, but an insider told Deadline: “It’s a done deal with JJ.”
Abrams had previously stated that he was unable to direct the long-awaited film, due to his commitments on the Star Trek franchise. He said: “There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan [of Star Wars], I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things.”
Star Wars Episode 7 which is due to be released in 2015 – is being written by Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt. Arndt is also screenwriter for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel; Catching Fire. Other directors rumoured to be involved in the Star Wars film included Avengers frontman Joss Whedon, Hellboy’s Guillermo del Toro, Wes Anderson and friend of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg.