J.J. Abrams Confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VII
Rumors that J.J. Abrams will be helming Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII were downplayed when it first made the rounds, with Abrams himself claiming that he’s too much of a Star Wars fanboy to ever do a good job, but now Disney and Lucasfilm have jointly confirmed the rumors 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.”
Abrams also released an official statement:
“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.”
Star Wars’ creator, George Lucas, also 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.”