Posted by: themoviecheese | January 24, 2013

JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode VII!!!

Well I for one certainly did not see this

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one coming! It seems the long search is over for Disney to find a new director for their up coming Star Wars trilogy, or the first of the trilogy at least. The list was apparently narrowed down to Matthew Vaughan (director of Kick Ass and X-Men: First Class), Ben Affleck (director of The Town and Argo) or JJ Abrams. And after many discussions, it looks like Disney have struck a final deal with JJ Abrams! What’s weird about this is that Abrams is obviously handling another Sci-Fi series at the moment. He directed the Chris Pine-starring Star Trek reboot and is also just about to release the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. So its safe to say that Abrams is about to become one of the most envied (or pitied) directors on the planet handling the two biggest science fiction properties on the planet.

What’s also weird is that Abrams stated himself that he will probably “watch the new Star Wars film as a fan” but would never even “dream of directing it” himself. However, if we look back to when we first heard the news of an Episode VII first going into production, George Lucas himself said that Abrams would be his preferred choice, and Disney have been pressing him for a deal ever since.

Now what’s great about this is that Abrams is a HUGE fan of Star Wars. It is almost like one of is – as fans – has been given the director’s chair. This means that at the very least we will recieve a very faithful continuation.

So what do you think about Abrams directing both Star Wars AND Star Trek? Think he has the skills to take on both franchises and still allow them to remain unique to one another? Sound out your thoughts in the comments section below!

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