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Yesterday we got the answer to one of the most burning questions in Hollywood: Who will direct Star Wars Episode VII? In a controversial move, given that he is also the director of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams was hired by Disney and LucasFilm to make the next chapter in the sci-fi saga. But what if someone else, say, Matthew Vaughn, had been hired to direct the movie instead? Well, apparently it would have raised the chances of Chloe Moretz starring in it.
A few weeks ago /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta sent out a mysterious Tweet that said, "Who said the lead character in Star Wars Episode VII is going to be a male star? :)" While at the time he didn't elaborate, when it was announced yesterday that Abrams had gotten the job the message was explained
In /Film's write-up of the Abrams news it is explained that Disney's first choice for the directing gig was Steven Spielberg, but when he turned it down they went after Abrams. At first Abrams was hesitant about the job, fearing conflict with his commitments to the Star Trek universe, and turned it down - so the studio went after Vaughn. According to the site, the version of Star Wars Episode VII that Vaughn pitched would have had a female lead who would have been played by his Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz. It's not clear what happened between the studio and the director, but eventually Spielberg convinced producers Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas not to give up on Abrams... and you know the rest of the story.
Oscar winner Michael Arndt has been working on the treatment and the screenplay for Star Wars Episode VII for the past few months and while the film doesn't have an official release date yet it will be in theaters come 2015.