Let the rumors begin! After the announcement of Disney acquiring LucasFilm and the promise of Star Wars: Episode VII just over the horizon in 2015, many industry insiders and pundits have been speculating about who would direct the first Star Wars film in 10 years. The most substantial rumor out there so far: that director Matthew Vaughn will helm the new Star Wars.
According to Collider.com, Matthew Vaughn is currently in talks to take over the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas with Star Wars: Episode VII. Days before the Tuesday announcement, Vaughn dropped out as director of the sequel to X-Men: First Class, leaving former X-Men director Bryan Singer to take the reins of X-Men: Days of Future Past for Twentieth Century Fox. Did Matthew Vaughn drop out of X-Men to direct Episode VII?
Frosty from Collider.com usually gets these things right, so he would be a good enough source to snoop out who exactly will direct Episode VII. During the Disney/LucasFilm announcement, newly appointed head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy spoke about already meeting with potential writers and directors for the new Star Wars: Episode VII. If Matthew Vaughn were one of the writers/directors in question, then it would be an inspired choice to helm the film.
Matthew Vaughn found success last year with X-Men: First Class and has received cult and fanboy (and girl) recognition for his 2010 comic book adaptation film, Kick-Ass. His directing sensibility is solid for Star Wars. It’s not too flashy or stylistic, so bringing him on to direct the new Star Wars makes sense. Again, at the moment, this is only a rumor, so there’s no telling who will direct Star Wars: Episode VII.
The GFR staff recently compiled our list of directors we’d like to see tackle Episode VII. The results may surprise you.