JJ Abrams has been confirmed as the director of Star Wars Episode VII.
After massive speculation earlier this week, the official Star Wars website has now confirmed the news. The director – currently finishing up Star Trek Into Darkness – will have his company Bad Robot and longtime partner Bryan Burk on production.
Kennedy said Abrams “understands the franchise” and is the perfect director for the movie.
“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.”
Lucas concurs, calling Abrams “ideal”.
“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 himself is also quoted in the article, calling this an “honour”
“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,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
Star Wars Episode VII is due for release in 2015.
Source: Star Wars