J.J. Abrams confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VII in official statement

With quotes from Abrams, George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy

News that J.J. Abrams would be directing Star Wars: Episode VII broke this week, and now Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed the announcement with an official statement.

"After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet. Yes, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay."

There was also a first word from Abrams, who said, "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 honour. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid."

Producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added, "It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. 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."

Finally, the man who birthed the entire franchise, George Lucas, gave Abrams his blessing, "I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."

It's now hard to believe that anyone else could have been hired, with Abrams seemingly such an obvious and apposite choice (the statement also offers a reminder that the direct has used Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound on all of his features).

Abrams is currently in post-production on Star Trek Into Darkness, and is probably steeling himself for a barrage of Trek vs Wars questions…

One interesting details to note from the statements is that Abrams only seems to be locked into Episode VII for now. Whether he'll go on to direct the entire trilogy (as Lucas did with the prequels) or pass it on to other filmmakers is yet to be determined.

Star Wars: Episode VII is set to open in 2015. With Abrams at the helm, expect it to be shrouded in an impenetrable cloak of secrecy.

Happy that the news is confirmed? Lay out your feelings below...


    • whatleydude

      Jan 26th 2013, 14:29

      Light sabers, with lens flare.

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    • rodljones

      Jan 26th 2013, 16:03

      Is this even "legal"? He's doing both Star franchises now? Star Trek and now Star Wars?. Story: Luke goes through a time portal to just before the clone wars to meet his father and get him to stay on the light side (with lots of lens flairs!) to prevent the fall of the Jedi Knights and prevent the rise of the empire. But the empires rises anyway with Darth Maul as the Emperors 2nd and taking over the galaxy.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 26th 2013, 18:00

      "It's now hard to believe that anyone else could have been hired, with Abrams seemingly such an obvious and apposite choice" Neil Blomkamp? Rian Johnson? On the plus side, its no longer in Lucas' incapable hands and will be treat with integrity and care.

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    • Achilles

      Jan 26th 2013, 18:33

      I think this is really great news! Love J.J. Abrams' work. With such a capable director at the helm this just might be the chance to finally see a Star Wars movie that is at least equal in quality to the films of the original trilogy. And as an avid soundtrack collector I am really curious who will score the new trilogy. John Williams' music for all six existing Star Wars movies is iconic and by all rights he should get the job. But he is already 80 years old. Michael Giacchino has always been Abrams' first choice for writing the music for his movies. And maybe it is time to pass the torch...

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 26th 2013, 18:35

      J.J is now only going to produce the third Star Trek :-(

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    • SiMan

      Jan 27th 2013, 18:59

      Interesting question above regarding the soundtrack. All Abrams' movies have a similar sound to them - they all sound very much like an episode of Lost. It's always worked before, but surely the Star Wars films are going to require similar themes to the originals?

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 28th 2013, 4:08

      I wonder if John Williams will be asked back for the score, given how much a fan J.J is of Star Wars and Spielberg I don't see why not.

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    • bartonkeyes

      Jan 28th 2013, 16:38

      Spoiler.....the galaxy far far away was purgatory

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