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January 25, 2013

J.J. Abrams to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Exciting news! We've just confirmed that 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. 

Kathleen shares, “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 went on to say, “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.”   

Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay. J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney/Lucasfilm banner.

"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."

Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company agreed in October 2012 to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Star Wars: Episode VII is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future!

Comments

Travis Miller January 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

This is great! I can't wait to see where J. J. takes the franchise!