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J.J. Abrams Will Reportedly Direct "Star Wars: Episode VII"

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Although Disney and Lucasfilm are so far mum, multiple sources are confirming Star Trek director -- and lifelong Star Wars fan -- J.J. Abrams will in fact be directing Star Wars: Episode VII.

The news came as a shock to fans of Lucas' saga, as Abrams recently went on record saying he was asked to direct the film but respectfully declined so that he could concentrate on the Star Trek film series he rebooted.  His sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17.

Disney already announced that its first Star Wars film since Lucas sold his empire to the company would debut in 2015, and a who's who of Hollywood directors were asked to come aboard.

Although "it's a done deal with J.J.," a source tells Deadline, others who were courted included 300 director Zack Snyder, Pacific Rim's Guillermo del Toro, and Oscar winning Ratatouille director Brad Bird, who called the shots on the hit Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Deadline reports Abrams' relationship with Lucas' successor at Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, helped seal the deal, and confirms another rumor, that Ben Affleck, who directed Argo, was also considered.

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J.J. Abrams Makes Dying Man’s Wish Come True

Zade Rosenthal/Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Call it a Christmas miracle: After word spread on social website Reddit that a 41-year-old Trek fan with terminal cancer, named Dan, wanted to see the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness before he died, his wife reportedly received a call from director J.J. Abrams.

“J.J. Abrams just called Dan’s wife and left a message. He’s going to try to arrange a screening for Dan, either of the film or at least of the 9 minute promo reel,” Dan’s friend, Grady Hendrix, a writer and founder of the New York Asian Film Festival, posted on Reddit Thursday.

The new Trek film is not scheduled for release until May 2013.

“I’ll never say anything bad about J.J. Abrams again. Seriously. He is now beyond reproach as far as I’m concerned,” Hendrix wrote.

A rep for Abrams did not respond to’s request for comment.

Dan, whose last name is unknown, has been battling cancer for several years and only has weeks to
live, according to the original post Christmas Day from his wife and another friend:

“My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure 3 rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match had a Bone Marrow Transplant, which was MORE chemo, full body radiation & lots of other horrific things….then endured/survived 3 major infections + a massive GI bleed that put him in the hospital 10+ times over 3 1/2 years not to mention 100′s of doctors visits…. he is my hero; I am his caregiver – I would do anything to help him…. he is now ravaged by a new TOTALLY UNRELATED cancer, (isn’t that a f***er?) an aggressive and EXTREMELY rare vascular tumor that is crowding out his healthy liver tissue… they grew under treatment; there is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he is jaundice & his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live…”

Dan’s wife went on to say that her husband had planned to see the extended Star Trek preview during a screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey but was hospitalized instead.

Thursday, the friend who posted the original plea for help, updated Reddit users with the good news:

“Holy cow everybody!!! I just heard from his wife that they are going to do it!! I don’t know who it what the path was to get there but thank you so much to everyone that tried to help!!!”

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J.J. Abrams Turned Down "Star Wars Episode VII"

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lost co-creator and Star Trek reboot series director J.J. Abrams' name was one of those rumored to be in the running to call the shots on Disney's first Star Wars film, Episode VII -- and apparently the rumors were true. 

However, as "amazing" as he predicts the next films will be, Abrams told the U.K. movie magazine Empire that he declined the gig early on.

"[T]here were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a [Star Wars] fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things," Abrams says.

Abrams praised producer Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas' hand-picked successor at the now-Disney-owned Lucasfilm, saying the franchise is "in great hands."

The filmmaker says even though he's a "huge fan" of the original trilogy, and "the idea of [that] world continuing is exciting and will be amazing," he admits, "I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them."

Abrams' next Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, beams into theaters in May 2013.

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