J.J. Abrams to Direct Next Star Wars?

January 24, 2013

After months of speculation about who would helm Episode VII of the upcoming Disney-owned Star Wars movies, it appears that a front-runner has (possibly) been chosen: None other than J.J. Abrams.

Abrams himself recently denied that he would be involved, though did confirm that he had meetings with Lucasfilm about dipping his toes into the Star Wars universe.

But today both TheWrap.com and Deadline.com are reporting that sources close to the production of Episode VII have named Abrams as a lock to direct the film.

If true, Abrams, who also directed 2009’s Star Trek and this summer’s Star Trek: Into Darkness, will have had control over what are inarguably the two biggest sci-fi series on the planet.

Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release in 2015.