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Nothing's been confirmed yet, but it looks like J.J. Abrams will be the director of "Star Wars: Episode VII," the first "Star Wars" film under the Disney banner and the first instalment of a planned new trilogy according to reports.This is surprising news, as not only is Abrams the captain of a certain other sci-fi action adventure tentpole series, but he also said back in November that he didn't want the "Star Wars" job, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I have some original stuff I am working on next."
However, the Force is apparently strong with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who may have performed a Jedi mind trick on Abrams in getting him to commit to a trip to a galaxy far, far away.
If this indeed comes to pass and all the necessary papers are signed, sealed and delivered, Abrams will have to jump right into "Star Wars" almost right away to make the targeted 2015 release date. He's currently hard at work in post production on "Star Trek Into Darkness," which will hit theatres on May 16.
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Bryan Enk writes for Yahoo! Movies