The report comes from a source described as being "an individual with knowledge of the production" and we're choosing not to believe a word of it until there is official confirmation.
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Why? Well first Abrams said to Empire magazine last month: "There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to 'Star Trek', and also just being a fan [of 'Star Wars'], I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things."
And then there's the fact he's currently up to his neck in post-production on the second 'Star Trek' film, a trilogy he will likely be interested in completing and whose legions of fans he would sensibly not want to anger.
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If true however it would be a hell of a coup for Disney, but a decision likely to divide fans.
Another source reportedly told The Wrap that 'Argo' director Ben Affleck was also in contention.
Earlier this month a rumour that Zack Snyder would be directing a standalone 'Star Wars' film based on 'Seven Samurai' caused an online stir, with many reporting it as fact before it was eventually rubbished by Snyder's representatives.
We expect the same to happen again.