A few days ago, we let you know that it was reported that J.J. Abrams has signed on to be the director of the next installment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII. Now, Disney and Lucasfilm have officially confirmed that Abrams will serve as director, as well as a producer, on the highly-anticipated film.
In addition to directing Episode VII, the first installment of a new series of Star Wars films, Abrams will also serve as a producer on the Disney/Lucasfilm-helmed film with producing partner Bryan Burk through their production company Bad Robot.
In a statement, new Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy commented:
“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.”
George Lucas added:
“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.”
Abrams, who is known for his work on such films and television series as Star Trek, Super 8, Lost, and Alias, also released a statement on the announcement. He commented:
“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. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
Star Wars: Episode VII will officially debut in theaters in 2015.