Rumor of the day: Matthew Vaughn may direct Star Wars VII

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Dec 17, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

So it begins. As soon as word broke that a new Star Wars was in the works, you just knew the rumor mill was going to start churning about potential directors. So what do you think about Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass)?

The latest rumor being floated comes from Collider, which is reporting that Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct Star Wars VII. Vaughn is a hot commodity, and it's not surprising to hear he could be on the short list.

Here's what Collider's Steve Weintraub had to say:

"I'm hearing that Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass, Stardust, Layer Cake, and X-Men: First Class, is in talks with Lucasfilm to helm Star Wars: Episode VII. My sources tell me this is the main reason he dropped out of the X-Men sequel (which Bryan Singer is now directing)...

Seconds after the deal was announced, a bunch of interviews were released featuring Disney CEO Bob Iger and George Lucas talking about the business deal, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Lucas discussing Star Wars: Episode VII and revealing that they've already met with writers for the new film. It was clear that this deal has been in the works for awhile.

As such, it makes a lot of sense that while we only just heard this news, behind-the-scenes Lucasfilm has been working hard to land a director to helm the new installment."

It's an interesting possibility, and certainly seems like it could be credible. Weintraub likened the potential deal to that of Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb, who was brought on for one film but could (and in Webb's case did) stay on for more films.

What do you think? Vaughn did great things for a creatively moribund X-Men franchise, so who's to say he couldn't do the same for Star Wars?

(Via Collider)