Fanboy fave J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
The ink was barely dry on the $4 billion sale of LucasFilm to Disney when the Mouse announced that it was getting right into the “Star Wars” business. The names of numerous high profile directors were floated - actually, the names of pretty much every high profile director were floated. Most recently, Golden Globe winner Ben Affleck was being touted.
However, Deadline Hollywood now reports that Abrams will be the filmmaker to launch the third of George Lucas’ still unfinished trilogy of “Star Wars” trilogies. Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for writing “Little Miss Sunshine” and more recently penned “Toy Story 3” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is at work on the screenplay.
Original “Star Wars” alums Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels are rumored to be at least appearing in the new movie.
Abrams is currently finishing post-production on his much-anticipated “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which will be a tentpole release for Paramount this summer. Disney is looking for a 2015 release date for the new “Star Wars” movie.