25 Jan – J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness" has been confirmed to be picking up directing duties for the next "Star Wars" movie, according to The Wrap.
When the rumour first circulated, Abrams had dismissed it, stating that the responsibility comes with a burden, especially since the director himself is a fan of the original movies.
But Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy has been insistently pursuing him for the job until Abrams finally relented. "Argo" director, Ben Affleck, was also apparently taken into consideration for the job.
However, representatives of Lucasfilm and Abrams have yet to confirm the report officially.
"Star Wars: Episode Vll" is slated to be released in 2015 while Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness" will be released in Malaysia and Singapore on 16 May 2013.