Walt Disney Pictures Announces J.J. Abrams As “Star Wars: Episode VII” Director

January 26, 2013 • By

JJ Abrams Star Wars Episode VII

J.J. Abrams, one of the creators and executive producers of our all-time favorite series “LOST,” has signed on to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” for Walt Disney Pictures. Here’s what George Lucas had to say about J.J. directing the film:

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.

Here’s what Kathleen Kennedy, of Lucasfilm, had to say about J.J. being named director of 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.

And J.J. had to say:

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.

Are you excited to see the new “Star Wars” movie when it arrives in 2015?