The good people over at Collider have caught wind of a juicy rumour that Matthew Vaughn, director of ‘Kick-Ass,’ ‘Stardust,’ ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ is in talks with LucasFilm to helm the recently announced ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Collider’s sources tell them that this is the main reason Vaughn dropped out of directing his ”X-Men: First Class’ sequel, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – which Bryan Singer is now helming.

Unless you’ve been living under a substantially sized rock this past week, you would know that in conjunction with the Walt Disney Company acquiring George Lucas’ LucasFilm for $4.05 billion, a 2015 release has been announced for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ followed by a new ‘Star Wars’ film every two to three years. With LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy overseeing the franchise as the executive producer while Lucas acts as a creative consultant, Kennedy recently said that they’ve already started talking to writers about the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII': “….we’re in the midst of the really fun part of the process which is we’re sitting down with a couple of writers and we’re starting to discuss ideas and we’re starting to talk about what those stories might be.”

Furthermore, in Disney’s press release announcing their purchase of LucasFilm, they revealed that George Lucas has a treatment for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ and an outline for Episodes 8 and 9 already finalised. Lucas added that he’s turned over his outlines to Kathleen Kennedy: “I always said I wasn’t going to do anymore, and that’s true, I’m not going to do anymore.  But that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to turn it over to Kathy [Kennedy] to do more.  I have story treatments of 7, 8, and 9, and a bunch of other movies and obviously we have hundreds of books and comics and everything you could possibly imagine.  So I sort of moved that treasure trove of stories and various things to Kathy, and I have complete confidence that she’s gonna take them and make great movies.” In addition to Matthew Vaughn’s directing chops, he’s an accomplished writer, working on the scripts for ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘The Debt,’ ‘Stardust’ and ‘Kick-Ass.’ With that in mind I can certainly see why Vaughn would be an interesting choice to helm the film. Expect further developments regarding ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ soon.