Following the surprise announcement of Star Wars: Episode 7, fan speculation exploded on two fronts: what direction would Disney take the story and who would helm the project? While details are still scarce about what exactly fans can expect from the plot, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt has been confirmed for script duty, with most insiders reporting that audiences will see a relatively new story direction – instead of a direct continuation (though larger connections and certain returning characters are likely).

Details on who will direct the high-profile project are especially scarce. Plenty of fan-favorite directors weighed-in on the initial announcement but have since distanced themselves from any direct involvement. However, a new comment from producer Frank Marshall, aka husband to Kathleen Kennedy (the new President of Lucasfilm) indicates that the filmmakers have successfully narrowed the list to a “couple of candidates.”

Speaking with MTV, Marshall opened up about the process – asserting that Lucasfilm has an idea of who they might want: “I do [know]. But I can’t reveal it, or I won’t be alive tomorrow.” The producer then claims that the studio is down to “a couple of candidates” – only to assert that it could still be awhile before we hear an official announcement: “I don’t know how soon that will be revealed.

The director then goes on to echo the (arguably) cautious excitement that swept across the internet when news of a new Star Wars trilogy was first announced:

“I’m really excited about this. I didn’t grow up with it, but I was a big fan and have been since the series started. I’ll always remember seeing that big mother-ship go over the screen. I’ve never forgotten it. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

You can check out the full interview with Marshall below – including brief updates on the Bourne and Indiana Jones franchises:

Of course, fans (and news outlets) have been floating a lot of potential Star Wars: Episode 7 directors. On the next page we’ll break down which could be legitimate candidates – and which ones have already opted out of consideration.

Read on to find out who Disney could still be courting for Star Wars: Episode 7 directing duty…

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