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We are the geeks, and J.J. Abrams is our king. After bringing Star Trek back to a contemporary audience, Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode VII for Lucasfilm and Disney, multiple outlets report.
The Wrap had the scoop, and everyone is picking up the story, even though Lucasfilm has yet to make any announcement. The news comes just a couple months after Abrams told Entertainment Weekly that he would not be taking the job after he was one of the first names to hit the Internet's shortlist for the gig when news of new Star Wars movies broke, along with Steven Spielberg and Pixar's Brad Bird.
Episode VII is being written by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3), so consider that two exceptionally reliable talents working on the project.
Growing up in the '70s, Abrams has said multiple times that Star Wars had a profound impact on him, more so than Star Trek. His name will no doubt draw return interest in the franchise for the devoted fans who were disappointed with Episodes I, II and III.
Abrams is currently in post on Star Trek Into Darkness, and is constantly proudcing a number of TV shows under his Bad Robot label. Directing Star Wars will undoubtedly take up almost all of his time, and pretty much assures Into Darkness will be his last Star Trek film.
Is this amazing news, or shoudl Lucasfilm have gone in a different direction?