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The rumor mill is certainly turning when it comes to Star Wars: Episode VII. The latest involves who will be taking over the director’s chair from George Lucas. One site suggests that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is already in talks to direct, which explains why he dropped out of directing that film’s sequel.
Collider reported on Monday that Vaughn is in talks, although the site noted that this is not 100 percent confirmed yet.
The report follows a series of events that may hint that Vaughn has left the X-Men franchise to take on something much bigger, which could be Star Wars. Last month, he abruptly left X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to his critically successful First Class. Then, last week, Fox recruited Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men films, to replace Vaughn. However, Vaughn will still co-produce the film.
Collider also noted that it is not clear if Vaughn would direct an entire Star Wars trilogy.
Vaughn has also been credited as a writer on his films, which also include Kick-Ass and Stardust. He could likely also contribute to the script, which we know will not be written by Lucas.
The other big Star Wars related rumor this week was that Harrison Ford is suddenly “open” to reprising his role as Han Solo.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Disney have yet to make any official announcements on the new Star Wars films beyond the 2015 target release date.