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JJ Abrams in line to direct Star Wars: Episode VII

JJ Abrams and Tom Cruise on the set of Mission Impossible 3

Story by Jack Foley

JJ ABRAMS has emerged as the lead contender to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.

According to various publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, the director is in ‘late stage talks’ to direct the film for Disney.

It has already been confirmed that Michael Arndt (of Toy Story 3 fame) is writing the script with rumours abounding that it will focus on a new generation of heroes and could feature appearances by Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in older incarnations of their original characters from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Disney has fast-tracked the project in order to release the film in 2015 and set up a new trilogy. The company bought George Lucas’ Lucasfilm for $4 billion last year.

Although no confirmation has been made from either camps as yet, Abrams has emerged as a popular choice, especially given his work on Paramount’s Star Trek franchise, the sequel to which is among 2013’s most keenly anticipated blockbusters.

Celebrities talking about the potential appointment on Twitter were keen to crack jokes but no one was despairing.

Elijah Wood Tweeted: “The Flare is strong with this one.”

Moon‘s Duncan Jones added: “Congratulations Mr.J.J.! All eyes on you to tell us what the hell the future of space travel is gonna be!”

Mark Millar said: “Great news about JJ directing new Star Wars flick. This just needs Lindelof writing to be PERFECT news.”

And Star Trek star and regular Abrams collaborator Simon Pegg Tweeted: “Congratulations JJ. No pressure. :-)”

Lost star Dominic Monaghan wrote: “Anyone else as pumped as I am that jj abrams is signed on to direct #starwars ? He will CRRRRRRUSH it.”

While Roberto Orci said: “What does JJ directing SW mean for ST3?” Honestly… No clue.”

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