J.J. Abrams will direct the next "Star Wars" film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood's most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.
"Argo" director Ben Affleck was also in contention, another individual with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year and announced it would make new "Star Wars" films, fans, members of the media and industry executives have speculated about which director would take the job. Abrams' name always came up, but he told Entertainment Weekly in November that he wasn't going to take the job.
A few weeks ago there was news that nerd super star Joss Whedon would be unable to direct Episode VII because it conflicted with the schedule for the Avengers sequel. I really liked J.J.'s Star Trek reboot, so I'm on board for this. Although I would have loved Joss...