LOS ANGELES (January 24, 2013)—J.J. Abrams is set to direct the next installment of "Star Wars," which Disney has said will be "Episode 7" and due out in 2015, according to numerous trade reports.
Disney bought "Star Wars" maker Lucasfilm last month for $4.06 billion.
The Emmy-award-winning director also captained the reboot of "Star Trek" for rival studio Paramount Pictures.
The next installment in that series, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," is set to hit theaters May 17.