Following last week’s media reports that J.J. Abrams is the choice to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Disney and Lucasfilm made the news official over the weekend.
A press release from Lucasfilm Friday confirmed that Abrams will direct a screenplay written by Michael Arndt. Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote both “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” and writer Simon Kinberg will both consult on the project.
The release quoted George Lucas as calling Abrams “an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
Meanwhile, there are reports that the previously announced release date of 2015 for a new “Star Wars” film may not hold. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Abrams has not yet committed to that date, which is just two years away.