One of the choices was obvious, and the other was, well, Ben Affleck, but Disney and Lucusfilm executives have apparently chosen King of the Nerds J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. The Wrap is now reporting that Disney execs have settled on Abrams as the director for the first entry in the expanded Star Wars film universe, but the trusted Hollywood trade site also suggests that Affleck, the rising director who just took home the Golden Globe for Argo, was in contention.
Of course, this means Abrams will be at the helm of the two biggest nerd franchises that don't involve orcs: the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises. Abrams previously threw out a red herring to fans in December when he said he had no desire to be involved with the project. Maybe that's an early indication as to what his vision might look like: There will be twists! In any case, it's slated for a 2015 release, behind a script from Michael Arndt of Little Miss Sunshine (there will be kids!), and should go into production at some point after Abrams finishes up the next Trek and the rest of his upcoming slate.
Some of it was, to put it simply, pure excitement:
YES YES YES: J.J. Abrams set to direct next 'Star Wars' film bit.ly/Yqz6D9— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) January 24, 2013
Here's a live look at Jared Keller when he heard the news:
Dear god, JJ Abrams directing Star Wars. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME.— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) January 24, 2013
Others were quick to make jokes about overzealous Star Wars fans:
Just saw a lonely fat dude running toward a movie theater shouting "It's happening! I'm first in line! I'm first!" What's going on?— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 24, 2013
Or Abrams' past work:
Everybody on LOST was just trapped in a Sarlacc pit.— Chris Heller (@c_heller) January 24, 2013
I'm happy J.J. is getting another shot after Undercovers.— SethAbramovitch (@SethAbramovitch) January 24, 2013
"These aren't the droids you're looking for. But maybe they are! Maybe this is all a dream. Maybe you're crazy. TIME TRAVEL." - J.J. Abrams— Jessica Roy (@JessicaKRoy) January 24, 2013
Others felt bad for poor ol' Affleck:
I kinda would have rather seen what Ben Affleck would have done with 'Star Wars.' Abrams is great, but Affleck has a bit of mystery.— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) January 24, 2013
Can't wait for the "TIL Ben Affleck almost directed 'Star Wars: Episode 7'" Reddit thread in 20 years.— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) January 24, 2013
the moral of the story is Ben Affleck never wins. no oscar or star wars. just Jennifer Garner, tear— Jim Gisriel (@JimmFORCE) January 24, 2013
But this person really highlighted the mistake Disney and Lucasfilm executives just made:
ben affleck to star in star wars w accent from good will hunting. "wicked death stah" h/t @ehananoki— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 24, 2013
Click through to see the replies, too, because we all deserve to hear someone mention, 'pahking the death stah in the hah-vahd yahd.'
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