30 January 2013 12:08 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

One of the biggest mysteries in recent Hollywood history was solved on January 25, when J.J. Abrams was revealed as the director of "Star Wars: Episode VII." But how did the deal come to pass?

An article published by The Hollywood Reporter goes into specific details of the deal that brought Abrams over to the dark side of the Force, better known across the world as the "Star Wars" franchise. Though Abrams is a lifelong "Star Wars" fan, the filmmaker reportedly had "very genuine concerns" about helming the seventh theatrical "Star Wars" movie, including his commitments to other projects — like the sci-fi franchise's rival, "Star Trek Into Darkness," for instance.

But during a December meeting with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at his Bad Robot office, Abrams was reportedly won over by the veteran producer's very simple, straightforward plea: "Please do 'Star Wars.'"

"I learned firsthand how incredible and persuasive she is, »

- MTV Staff

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