First "Star Trek," now "Star Wars" for director J.J. Abrams?
Sources confirmed for the Hollywood Reporter Thursday that Abrams, who is readying "Star Trek Into Darkness" for summer release, is in the final stages of talks to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII" for Disney.
Abrams apparently will have to get onboard the "Star Wars" juggernaut soon if he's going to helm the film -- Disney wants to release "Episode VII" in 2015.
The script for the next "Star Wars" film is being written by Michael Arndt, who penned "Toy Story 3" for Disney/Pixar.
The film reportedly will include older incarnations of Mark Hamill's and Carrie Fisher's famed "Star Wars" characters, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
If the deal is completed, it will signal a change of heart for Abrams. According to the Reporter, the director said in October that he wasn't interested in directing the next "Star Wars" film.
Abrams directed the reboot for "Star Trek" in 2009 before taking on the sequel, which is due in theaters May 17.
Disney purchased Lucasfilm from Disney for $4 billion last year.