There is no official word from Walt Disney Pictures or Lucasfilm at this time. A source close to the project had this to say.
The source also revealed that Argo director Ben Affleck was up for the gig, and next in line to direct if J.J. Abrams passed on the film.
In November, J.J. Abrams claimed he was not interested in directing the film.
Kathleen Kennedy went after J.J. Abrams herself, heavily courting him over a period of time. The director was the executive producer on the television series Lost, and directed Mission: Impossible III and Super 8. His next directorial project is the franchise sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.
Star Wars: Episode VII will debut in May of 2015, with a screenplay by Michael Arndt.
We'll have more as this story is official announced by Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm later in the day.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.