The announcement that Star Wars fans have been waiting for since last fall has finally arrived! Set to direct the first film in the upcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy in 2015 is none other than, J.J. Abrams!
Yes, nerds, it's official. After months of him playing it coy with a yarn about a full schedule, a new emperor has been crowned, and it's not Palaptine. J.J. Abrams is now your official living deity of all things sci-fi. Even Marvel movie mastermind, Joss Whedon must now bow in the presence of the man-maestro behind the current Star Trek franchise, who has become a grand poobah of geekdom by landing the genre's other major monolith.
After Disney's $4.05 billion acquisition of the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas, Lucasfilm head, Kathleen Kennedy has been quietly courting some of the best creative talents (the ones with big-money track records, anyway) and the final candidates seemed to come down to an actor-turned-taskmaster in Argo helmer, Ben Affleck and, of course, Abrams. In the end, what may be the most coveted directorial job ever will be added to the embarrassment of riches (that's a compliment, btw) that is the resume of franchises under Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, which includes Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Fringe, Person of Interest, Revolution, Alias, and the great "it kind of was Purgatory after all" drama, Lost.
At this point, the news and rumors will, much like The Force itself, start to flow through fans as the long trip of speculation to 2015 gets underway!