J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars Episode VII

Rumors began to circulate that J.J. Abrams would serve as the director of Star Wars Episode VII. Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed that as truth late Friday evening.

Abrams was confirmed as the movies director in a post on the official Star Wars website. Kathleen Kennedy said that Abrams is the "perfect director" for a new era of Star Wars. The post also confirmed that Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will be writing the screenplay.

Star Wars Episode VII will be the first in a series of three new Star Wars movies that will be made under the leadership of Disney, after Lucasfilm was sold to Disney last year.

It is not yet clear if Abrams will direct any movies beyond Episode VII, but if the movie does well when it's finally released in 2015, it would be hard to imagine Disney not asking him to continue with further Star Wars films.