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J.J. Abrams Directing Star Wars Episode VII

‘Lost’ creator at the helm of new Star Wars flick

J.J. Abrams, creator of ‘Lost’ and director of the highly-acclaimed Star Trek reboot and ‘Super 8’, was announced as the director of Star Wars Episode VII earlier today. After Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion and announced a new sequel trilogy to the original Star Wars films, speculation over the director absored the Internet.

Well, the wait is over. J.J. Abrams, sci-fi wunderkind, has been selected to take up the directors helm after beating out Ben Affleck for the job. Episode VII, which will hit theaters in 2015, will come a decade after the last Star Wars film, ‘Revenge of the Sith’, hit the big screen. The screenplay for the new Star Wars film is being developed by Oscar-winner Michael Ardnt, who previously wrote ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Toy Story 3’.

J.J. Abrams’ selection came after intense lobbying on his behalf by superproducer Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Speilberg. “It’s a done deal with J.J.”, a source close to Disney was reported as saying. J.J. Abrams’ next feature, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, hits theaters this May. 

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