It's official: the man behind the Star Trek reboot and Super 8 will be directing Episode VII.
J.J. Abrams injected a sense of wonder into Star Trek. Some of its scenes, like Kirk being chased across a snowy land by a monster, even looked like Star Wars. I'm cautiously optimistic. With the popular awareness that female characters need to be more than eye candy, to hold their own and to also have flaws and comedic moments, there's no doubt that Abrams will at least try to check that demographic box as well as providing the adventures and alien landscapes integral to Star Wars.
Also exciting for me is the involvement of Lawrence Kasdan, who helped make The Empire Strikes Back great.