After rumors that claimed as much started making the rounds, Disney and Lucasfilm have just confirmed J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars Episode VII. Given the director's work on the Star Trek series, this is bound to get many Star Wars fans excited. The only problem now is that we'll have to wait until 2015 to see what Abrams can do with Star Wars series.
Abrams' role as director was confirmed in a post on the official Star Wars website earlier this evening, with Kathleen Kennedy saying he's the "perfect director" for a new era of Star Wars. The announcement also confirmed that Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will be penning the screenplay. Star Wars Episode VII, as many of you already know, will be the first in a new series of Star Wars movies that will be made under Disney's leadership, after Lucasfilm was sold to the company last year.
Abrams seems to have the blessings of many big names in the movie industry, including Dennis Muren from Industrial Light and Magic and the man who started it all, George Lucas. The creator of Star Wars says he's "consistently been impressed" with the work that Abrams puts out, going onto say that the Star Wars legacy "couldn't be in better hands." Indeed, it seems that Disney and Lucasfilm could have done much worse when it came time to choose a director for the first Star Wars movie in a decade.
There's no word on whether or not Abrams will direct more movies past Episode VII, but provided the movie performs well when it's released in 2015, it isn't hard to imagine Disney asking Abrams to return for more Star Wars films. More details will undoubtedly be revealed as we continue on through 2013, and we're sure that plenty of fans have many burning questions about the direction Abrams is planning to take the series. What do you think of the choice of J.J. Abrams to direct the next Star Wars flick?