J. J. Abrams Named As New Star Wars Director

January 24, 2013

"Star Wars: Episode VII" has landed a director, and it's none other than J.J. Abrams.

The film will be the first one produced by Disney, which purchased the franchise from George Lucas back in October for nearly $4 billion. According to Deadline, Ben Affleck was also being pursued. "Episode VII" will be the first Star Wars film since "Revenge of the Sith" in 2005.

Unlike the previous trilogy, this film is assumed to take place after the events of "Return of the Jedi." Much of the cast of the original trilogy is rumored to have expressed interest and willingness to take part.

Abrams first made a name for himself in television as the creator of shows such as "Felicity," "Alias," "Lost," and "Fringe." He parlayed that success in television into a career as a top Hollywood director, helming such films as "Cloverfield," "Super 8," and the latest "Star Trek" reboot. His latest film, "Star Trek Into Darkness," is currently scheduled for a May 17th release.

The fact that's he's directed the reboot of Star Trek and now the latest Star Wars installment makes him, in our opinion, the uncrowned King of All Geeks.

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