Is Matthew Vaughn Confirmed to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Now?
Well, this is worth raising an eyebrow, but not much more until we get official word. At the beginning of the month, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn emerged as the first name rumored to be in talks to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. It was presume that he was likely one of many names approached for the new trilogy in the iconic sci-fi saga, but now we might have a hint that he's really the choice to direct the sequel. Actor Jason Flemyng, who played Azazel in X-Men: First Class and has starred in eight other films Vaughn has either directed or produced, was asked if he had talked to Vaughn about anything Star Wars related, and his reaction seems to indicate that he knows something we don't. Read on!
Here's the interview with Jason Flemyng at a Seven Psychopaths event (Star Wars chatter starts at 1:08):
It's hardly a safe bet, but having Flemying saying "I'm sure I'll get the call for Star Wars" seems to indicate that he might know that Vaughn is getting the job and answered this question because he thought the news had been revealed. But that also might just indicate that he's heard the same news we all have. When asked if Vaughn is interested in Star Wars, people (like The Film Stage who pointed out the HeyUGuys interview) are saying he looks like a deer in headlights and tries to backtrack, but really it just seems like he's being goofy and acting more like shocked that someone would even ask if he was interested in the franchise.
Despite Flemyng's solid working relationship with Vaughn, I wouldn't necessarily say he's the best source to determine whether or not Vaughn is directing. The actor isn't even cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, so if anything this is just hearsay for now. An announcement has to be coming soon if Frank Marshall's talk about the list of candidates only being down to a couple of names is true, so stay tuned for the latest updates.