In knowing the “Star Wars” fandom like we do, the excitement for “Episode VII” won’t be tempered until long after the film’s 2015 release. Currently, the excitement is focused on which lucky individual has been hired to direct the new chapter.
While we’re waiting for the official announcement to confirm or deny rumored candidates like J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, it’s fun to gather opinions on the subject from other members of the Hollywood elite, like what awards contender Ben Affleck would do with the film if he were in charge.
“I’d be too busy worrying about how the action figures would look for each character to direct the actual movie,” Affleck joked with us at GQ’s Men of the Year event Tuesday. “I’d be like, ’Oh, we’ll just reshoot the movie with the action figures.’ It’s very exciting that they’re going to make more. There might be purists who are opposed to it, but I think it’s a very cool thing and I’m excited to go see the movie.”
Affleck remained diplomatic when asked about rumored candidate and friend J.J. Abrams, as well as who he wants in the director’s chair.
“J.J. would kill it, he would crush it, but he would be great at anything,” Affleck said. “There are a lot of good directors out there. Naturally I would be inclined to get somebody who’s great at telling stories. You’re never going to be able to recapture the story that was the initial three, because it’s so legendary and iconic. I don’t know, I’m glad I don’t have that job. It’s a tough decision to make.”
One thing the “Argo” director is sure about, however, is that he’ll be lining up with everyone else to see “Episode VII” in 2015, and he isn’t above calling in favors to get an early look.
“That’s the one that whoever it is [directing], when it gets made, I’m going to be that dad, calling in favors. ’Hey, it’s Ben. Can me and my kid come to the premiere? Swing by, by any chance?’ I know that my life is going to turn into that soon.”