Well it’s somewhat official now, J.J. Abrams will be directing the new Star Wars film produced by The Walt Disney Company, which now owns LucasFilm. After weeks of rumors and hopes, it looks like the guys over at The Wrap got an exclusive with an inside source that confirmed the Lost creator’s new role in the future Star Wars sequel. This news comes as a bit of a surprise considering Abrams himself stated in December that he would “rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making the film.” Abrams beat out other big Hollywood directors on the shortlist like Ben Affleck and Jon Favreau.
Abrams previous works include Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and of course, Star Trek. That means that Abrams will be the one man in control of both Star Trek and its arch rival, Star Wars. This one is truly hard for die-hard fans of both franchises, but for me, I think I could live with it. There’s no doubt about it that Abrams is one of the best directors this generation.
Disney has both a director and scribe (Michael Ardnt); now it’s just a matter of time for a cast and crew to be announced. Star Wars: Episode 7 releases in 2015.