Official: JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode VII

News Ryan Lambie
26 Jan 2013 - 08:54
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Disney and Lucasfilm have officially confirmed that JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode VII...

For once, the rumours were correct: JJ Abrams will direct the next entry in the Star Wars franchise, Episode VII. The news comes after various Hollywood trade outlets attached Abrams to the role earlier in the week - and on Friday, Disney made it official:

"It's very exciting to have JJ aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie," producer Kathleen Kennedy said on the Star Wars official website. "JJ is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture."

"I've consistently been impressed with JJ as a filmmaker and storyteller," added George Lucas. "He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."

As for Abrams himself, he's clearly made an about face after his November comments about remaining loyal to the Star Trek franchise. "To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor," Abrams enthused.

So, there we have it: Episode VII has its director. Now we simply have to wait and see where the franchise goes under its new stewardship - you can read Simon's thoughts on that topic here.

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