The Wrap have ascertained that JJ Abrams will direct a Star Wars film, presumably Episode 7. Ben Affleck was also in the running, they report. This is being echoed by The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit, so that’s all the confirmation I need, personally.
UPDATE: Deadline have also called it “a done deal.”
Somewhere online is some video of Abrams telling me how much he loved Star Wars and why his first Trek film had so many nods to the Lucas’ saga hidden away. I’ll try to find it, it was a nice little moment.
It’s not official yet, but I think we can take this to the bank.
I do wonder how Paramount must be feeling, however. They’ve had strong ties with Bad Robot and, most of all, trusted Abrams with getting Star Trek back to full health. I guess its very unlikely he’ll be directing a third Trek movie now.
And while I’m wondering – how about that possibility of an Affleck-driven Star Wars? That catches my imagination, I have to say.