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J.J. Abrams to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII': Report

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Is this the droid "Star Wars" director you were looking for?

Citing "an individual with knowledge of the production," TheWrap.com today reported that none other than "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams would helm the newest installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.

Before we get too excited, take a step back and consider past evidence: The fact that Abrams would sign on to "Star Wars" comes as a huge surprise, considering that in December, he flat-out denied involvement in the Mouse House's newest acquisition, despite calling the franchise "one of my favorite movies of all time."

"There were the very early conversations, and I quickly said that, because of my loyalty to 'Star Trek' and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things," Abrams told Empire when asked if he would take a seat in the Death Star's director's chair. "I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them."

According to The Wrap, however, Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting "Lost" creator Abrams, hard. Could she have used a Jedi mind trick to get him to change his mind?

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is slated for a May 2013 release and is still in post-production. Technically, that does leave enough time for Abrams to jump aboard the Episode VII TIE fighter in time for the announced 2015 release date. The project does already have screenwriters, after all.

This just raises the question: Is the Force strong enough with Abrams to man both ships at once?

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