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J. J. Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode VII

J J AbramsIt’s shaping up to be a big year for Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. It has just been announced that he will be helming the next Star Wars movie. “It’s done deal with J.J.,” a source with knowledge of the situation told Deadline late yesterday. Argo director Ben Affleck was apparently also keen, however, Abrams was courted heavily by producer Kathleen Kennedy to take the Star Wars job. Expected in 2015, Abrams’ Episode VII effort will be the first new Star Wars movie since 2005′s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.

Michael Arndt is writing the script for the first instalment of the relaunch of George Lucas’ franchise by Disney. The company bought Lucasfilm on October 30, 2012 for $4 billion with the Force franchise as the jewel in the crown. At the time, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that three more Star Wars films were in the pipeline. Abrams’ other space-based franchise sequel Star Trek Into Darkness comes out on May 17. This weekend, the Producers Guild of America will honour the Lost creator with its 2013 Norman Lear Award For Television, which it will be presented during the 24th Annual PGA Awards.

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