Alright here we go. Now Star Wars Episode VII is really real.
Yesterday’s announcement of J.J. Abrams as director of the next story in the Star Wars saga came with a general amount of surprise by most. So many directors have been mentioned (by me also) as possible candidates including Matthew Vaughn, Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau and even Ben Affleck were in the running. But here is my official statement on Lucasfilm hiring Abrams to take over the world of lightsabers and breathing machines.
Look, a lot of directors could have worked well with the new Star Wars film if the script turns out to be very good. I especially would have loved Matthew Vaughn’s take on it but Abrams doing this gives me a general sense of hope and excitement. The guy helped create Alias, Lost and Fringe. He has directed the best Mission: Impossible (M:I 3), the wonderful Super 8 and took the Star Trek franchise and breathed new life into it and made it relevant for a new generation. The man has one damn impressive resume. You can not deny it.
There are rumors out there that the new flick may have a female lead and that some have been pushing for Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz to star. If any of this is true I will be a happy camper. We have had six movies of male leads, how awesome would it be to have a kick ass female Jedi on screen (ahhh Mara Jade).
So to recap, nice job Lucasfilm. The weight of nerd worry has lifted a bit from my shoulders. Now let’s make a damn Star Wars movie!