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‘Star Trek’ director J.J. Abrams in talks to call the shots on ‘Star Wars’

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‘Star Trek’ director J.J. Abrams in talks to call the shots on ‘Star Wars’

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, Lucasfilm

Can someone do both "Star Trek" and "Star Wars"? Apparently so.

Nothing's been confirmed yet, but it looks like J.J. Abrams is in negotiations to be the director of "Star Wars: Episode VII," the first "Star Wars" film under the Disney banner and the first installment of a planned new trilogy.

This is surprising news, as not only is Abrams the captain of a certain other sci-fi action adventure tentpole series, he also said back in November that he didn't want the "Star Wars" job.

"I have some original stuff I am working on next," said Abrams in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, though he made it clear that his declining the offer isn't because he's not a fan.

"As a kid I was always a fan of special effects," he said. "Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great."

Well, Abrams may now be the one who's overseeing all that great stuff after all. The Force is apparently strong with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who may have performed a Jedi mind trick on Abrams in getting him to commit to a trip to a galaxy far, far away.

If this indeed comes to pass and all the necessary papers are signed, sealed and delivered, Abrams will have to jump right into "Star Wars" almost right away to make the targeted 2015 release date. He's currently hard at work in post production on "Star Trek Into Darkness," which will hit theaters on May 17.

Watch the trailer for 'Star Trek Into Darkness':