Ever since the earth-shattering news that Star Wars: Episode VII is finally in the works, one major question that remains is who will direct this new adventure. Today, a rumor has surfaced that Matthew Vaughn is in early talks to direct.

This is reportedly the main reason why the filmmaker dropped out of the Fox sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, just five days before the Star Wars: Episode VII news was announced. When Disney announced that the company is purchasing LucasFilm for $4.05 billion, there was no official word on who will direct this highly-anticipated sequel. We also don't know who will write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII, although if Matthew Vaughn does officially sign on, it is possible that he may bring on frequent collaborator Jane Goldman.

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Nothing has been confirmed by Walt Disney Pictures at this time. We'll be sure to keep you posted if more updates surface about this blockbuster in the making.

Matthew Vaughn began his career as a producer on Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, before making his directorial debut with Layer Cake in 2005. He went on to direct Stardust, Kick-Ass, and last year's X-Men: First Class.