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Joss Whedon and Rian Johnson express interest in Star Wars Episode 7

We're half way through January and we're no closer to knowing who will direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7' for the House of Mouse.

We have a date and a screenwriter but anything beyond that is purely speculation. However that hasn't stopped directors talking about their love of the series and interest in the job.

This time its the turn of 'Avengers' man Joss Whedon and 'Looper' director Rian Johnson.

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Speaking to CNN, Whedon expressed his anger at not being able to do the job because of commitments to 'Avengers 2' and the upcoming 'S.H.I.E.L.D' television show.

"I'm as angry as you should be," he said. "When I heard [about the movies] I was like, 'I wonder... no, I really can't do that. Oh, I already have a job.' I wouldn't clear 'The Avengers'. I'm having so much fun with that sequel right now, just with the script, that I couldn't imagine not doing it."

Due to his role in Marvel's cinematic future, many instantly ruled Whedon out for the job. However Johnson has been on many lists of potential directors thanks to the critically-lauded start to his career as a director with films like 'Brick'.

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"I don't think I'm on those sorts of lists," Johnson said to Digital Spy. "On the one hand, it's 'Star Wars', it would be very hard to say no to. On the other hand, for me, I'm really enjoying just writing my own stuff, and right now that's what I'm doing.

I'm writing another original screenplay now, and we'll figure out how to get it made. That's sort of what I'm in it for, is telling my own stories, and seeing if we can strike out on some new ground. So, luckily I don't think it's a problem that I'll have to deal with!"

The pair of directors made two of the most critically-acclaimed films of last year in and would have delighted fans if they were to direct the new 'Star Wars' set for 2015.

For now the wait continues, but it's looking increasingly likely that Matthew Vaughn will be the man for the job.