He's currently one of the hottest directors in Hollywood, so it stands to reason that his name might come up in connection with one of the biggest projects of the next few years. But no, Ben Affleck doesn't want to direct the new Star Wars movie.
Affleck has scored bigtime with 2009's The Town and his latest picture, Argo, and as a result his name's been attached to some huge films—things like Justice League and The Stand. So it only stands to reason that as speculation mounts over who will take the helm of Star Wars VII, Affleck's name might come into the fray.
But the actor/director has told MTV (video below) that he's not interested. He joked:
I'd be too busy worrying about how the action figures would look for each character to direct the actual movie. 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.
So while Affleck sounds like he's joining the list of filmmakers who have taken themselves out of contention—a list that includes Steven Spielberg, Zack Snyder and Guillermo Del Toro—he does have an opinion on who should get the job:
J.J. (Abrams) would kill it, he would crush it, but he would be great at anything. 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.
There you have it: Affleck is out, but thinks Abrams should at least be in the running (which Abrams himself doesn't necessarily agree with). Do you concur? Is Abrams the man, or should Affleck throw his hat in the ring as well?