According to The Wrap, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost) is set to direct the next Star Wars film; Ben Affleck (Argo) was apparently also in contention for the director’s role. Disney’s Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement that “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise.”
George Lucas also commended the choice, “He’s an ideal choice to direct the new ‘Star Wars’ film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
Abrams himself has stated that getting the job is an “absolute honour”; let’s hope he can do justice to this iconic series, and make a positive change to the franchise that has seen its fair share unwanted ones.