After countless rumors, multiple denials, and even more rumors; J.J. Abrams was announced as the director of the next entry in the largest franchise of all time.
As recently as December, Abrams stated that he had turned the gig down. The Star Trek director said he would “rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making the film.”
It was well publicized that Kathleen Kennedy (producer) had been courting Abrams. After his reported 'refusal' many called for Brad Bird. When both Bird and Zach Snyder were turned away, fans were left with nothing but the working writer Michael Arndt's involvement (currently drafting the script) as pure fact. It's also known that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are drafting scripts for Star Wars related films that could be sequels to Episode VII or spinoff movies featuring other characters.
For fanboys everyone this may come as bittersweet news. The newest renditions of Star Trek (Into Darkness looks every bit of fantastic) AND Star Wars will now be under the helm, and at the will of the same man. In Abrams we trust?
ALSO: With the statement it was revealed that Ben Affleck was in the mix for the directorial role. Maybe a cameo will be thrown his way.