J.J. Abrams is photographed in Los Angeles in 2006.

J.J. Abrams is photographed in Los Angeles in 2006. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times / February 6, 2013)

Last month, news that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII” took the entertainment world by storm.

Today, a new conversation begins — who’ll direct the “Star Wars” spinoff movies that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing?

In an interview with CNBC Tuesday, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Robert Iger confirmed that in addition to releasing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Disney will also distribute “a few” stand-alone films that are not part of the overall saga.

Kasdan, who co-wrote the screenplay for “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” and Kinberg are working on the scripts for two of those projects.

Online speculation has suggested Yoda would be the subject of one of the movies, but Iger did not specify which characters might receive stand-alone treatment.

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-- Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times