JJ Abrams Confirmed As Star Wars Director
Official statement confirms Star Trek man will switch to rival sci-fi franchise...
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The Star Trek and Cloverfield filmmaker was reported late last week to have got the job, and now Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy - who is producing the new movie - has made an official statement.
She said: "It’s very exciting to have JJ aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. JJ 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."
Disney, which now owns Lucasfilm, has sealed a deal with Abrams to helm Episode VII of the sci-fi series - which will continue the story which ended with Return Of The Jedi.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will work with Kennedy and screenwriter Michael Arndt on the script for the film.
He had earlier ruled himself out, but THR claims that Kennedy visited him earlier this month and won him over with her pitch.