Disney and Lucasfilm have officially announced that Jeffery Jacob “JJ” Abrams will be the director for the new installment of the Star Wars Saga. This decision has left many Star Wars fans with a sense of relief after Lucasfilms was sold to Disney last year for $4.05 billion.
George Lucas has reassured fans that Abrams is the director we are looking for.
â€œIâ€™ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. Â Heâ€™s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldnâ€™t be in better hands,â€ Lucas said.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Abrams was not planning on or interested in taking the helm of the next chapters of the Star Wars saga, but after some convincing and Jedi mind tricks from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, he jumped on board with nothing but gratitude.
“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,” Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
It was also announced that alongside Kennedy and Lucasfilm, Abrams and his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk will produce Star Wars: Episode VII.
On another note, rumors are still being spread with this announcement and rumblings around the web have stated that some actors may be reprising their role in the next film. These actors have been said to include Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher, Luke and Leia.
Star Wars: Episode VII has been slotted for a 2015 release.