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Director Named for Next 'Star Wars' Movie TheWrap

A director has been chosen for the long-awaited seventh installment of the “Star Wars” film series -- the first movie in what is expected to be the final trilogy, TheWrap.com reports.

Disney, which recently purchased the “Star Wars” franchise from Lucasfilm, has handed over the keys to J.J. Abrams -- who has already rebooted another high-profile science-fiction franchise, directing the 2009 version of “Star Trek.”

Abrams is also known for his work in television, being behind “Lost,” “Fringe,” “Revolution,” “Person of Interest,” “Alias” and other series. His feature work includes entries in the “Mission: Impossible” series, and he’s helming “Star Trek Into Darkness” for 2013 release.

The story reports that "Argo" director Ben Affleck was also among the contenders for the new “Star Wars” movie before Disney decided on Abrams.

Abrams said in an interview in November that he did not want the “Star Wars” job, but he apparently has been talked into it. The movie is scheduled for release in 2015.