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So much for J.J. Abrams not directing Star Wars: Episode VII. According to a report, the Star Trek Into Darkness director is going to direct the new film for Disney.
A source close to the situation told The Wrap that Abrams was Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s top choice. She had been trying to get him to take the job, even though he said in November that he would not.
In December he explained his decision, saying that he was already committed to one sci-fi franchise: Star Trek. He directed the successful 2009 reboot and the upcoming follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, which will hit theaters in May.
“There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things,” he told Empire magazine at the time.
Argo director Ben Affleck was another choice for the job, The Wrap reported.
Later, another source told Deadline, “It’s done deal with J.J.”
Prior to this news, the only thing Lucasfilm confirmed is that Toy Story 3-writer Michael Arndt will be in charge of the script. The first part of the new Star Wars trilogy is set to come out in 2015. Disney announced its plans to make a new film in October when it bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion.
Lucasfilm hasn’t commented on the reports yet. We’ll let you know when the Disney-owned company does.