JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode VII

Ever since Disney bought LucasFilm and there was the announcement of a new Star Wars trilogy on the horizon, one of the biggest questions thrown around the entertainment world was: Who was going to direct them?

George Lucas was reported to step back into a consulting role for the films, which opened up the floor for many viable candidates rumoured for the job. It’s safe to say that you could name a famous director out there today and there would be many articles and statements online about their stance on the project, whether they’d like the job or not.

It seems that the man for the job has been courted, as an exclusive report from The Wrap reveals that none other than J.J. Abrams will helm Star Wars Episode VII. Should this be the case, it would be a very curious and lucrative notion, as J.J. Abrams has also been at the helm of the recent Star Trek reboot franchise, inspiring a unification of sorts for the two worlds through his directorial connection.

Abrams is certainly a perfect fit for the job, having been behind many high-concept works with fantastic production value, churning out hit after hit. Under his production company Bad Robot, Abrams has helped bring many a franchise and cinematic spectacle to film and TV. He has also proved that he can breathe life into a well-worn franchise, and should he work the same magic on Star Wars, there is nothing to be feared.

Reportedly Abrams was courted in part by LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy, and another strong contender for the directorial role was recent Golden Globe-winning director Ben Affleck.

Abrams said back in November that Star Wars wasn’t on the cards for projects to work on next, but it appears that he was warmed up to the idea. In that case, it is rather interesting and exciting to see that Abrams is on board for the directorial role, and he will no-doubt bring a visionary approach to the next Star Wars movie, telling a story in a brilliant visual style that will boast performances worthy of the Star Wars franchise.

He will also bring lens flares. Lots and lots of lens flares.

Abrams joins Star Wars Episode VII to direct a script written by Michael Arndt. Arndt also wrote Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine, and he has already written a 40+ page treatment for the future of the Star Wars motion picture franchise.

Source: The Wrap

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