Star Wars news seems to be a bit of a game of whack a mole. Rumors randomly crop up, only to be denied rapidly. However, the latest is apparently surviving the impulse to whack. According to The Wrap, Argo's Ben Affleck was under consideration to direct Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII, but J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Lost, Alias) is on the way to getting the nod.
Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams, and the Wrap notes that though Abrams is slated to produce other movies, he is uncommitted as a director. Disney has the new Star Wars planned for 2015, with Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunsin) in line to script.
Abrams' second Trek movie, Into the Darkness, opens May 18th.