'Star Wars: Episode 7' Director to Be Announced in January?

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'Star Wars: Episode 7' is the movie people will be obsessively talking about right up until the film finally makes its theatrical debut. Since the announcement first hit the airwaves, people have been wanting to know what the plot will be about, if any of our beloved 'Star Wars' actors will be returning, and, most importantly, who the director will be. Well, it looks like we might not have to wait too much longer to find out the latter.

Everyone's been grasping at straws a bit when it comes to who'll be taking on the role of 'Star Wars: Episode 7' director, dissecting every little potential slip from those close to the project. However, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has given us hope that we'll be hearing about this soon -- maybe even as soon as January!

"I have no immediate update, but hopefully in January I’ll have something that I can say," she told ABC News Radio. While she didn't specify as to what she'll have to reveal by then, we're guessing it will be the new 'Star Wars' director. Kennedy also mentioned that with script work well underway, pre-production on the new trilogy is planned for spring 2013. Doesn't that mean a director is needed by then?

Too many names have been thrown into the director selection pool, but currently the ones most rumored to helm 'Star Wars 7' are Matthew Vaughn (after Jason Flemyng seemingly reaffirmed the rumor that he dropped out of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' to pursue 'Star Wars'), Joe Johnston, Jon Favreau, Brad Bird and Colin Trevorrow.

Who do you want to see as the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' director? Let us know in the comments, and keep tabs with our Director Power Rankings to stay updated on who's getting the most buzz.

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