The Emmy-award-winning director of the TV show Lost also captained the reboot of Star Trek for rival studio Paramount Pictures, with the next instalment in that series, Star Trek: Into Darkness, set to hit cinemas in the United States on May 17.
Soon after the news broke, websites were flush with chatter.
On Twitter, JJ Abrams, Star Wars and #Star Trek were all trending topics.
Roberto Orci, a producer and writer who has worked with Abrams on Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Mission: Impossible III, appeared to confirm the reports on Twitter.
In response to a question about Abrams' involvement, Orci tweeted back "True!"
He also responded to a Spanish-speaking questioner, "Creo que si!" ("I think so").
Despite denying his interest in directing the next Star Wars following The Walt Disney Co's October announcement, many tipped Abrams as the most obvious choice.