Disney has confirmed that J.J. Abrams, the Star Trek filmmaker and co-creator of TV’s Lost and Fringe, will direct Star Wars: Episode VII. The film is a first of a new series of movies to be released from Lucasfilm under the leadership of producer Kathleen Kennedy. Kennedy has also confirmed that Abrams was an ideal choice, stating that “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.”
Tentatively scheduled for a 2015 release, Episode VII marks the “passing of the torch” from Star Wars creator George Lucas to Abrams. This will also be the first movie coming out of Disney’s $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm last fall.
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