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Geroge Lucas Confirms J.J. Abrams is Next ‘Star Wars’ Director

J.J. Abrams has been officially named as director for the much-anticipated seventh installment of the Star Wars series.

After months of rumor and speculation, Star Wars creator George Lucas released an official statement describing Abrams as “an ideal choice” for the 2015 film.

“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and a storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands,” Lucas said.

Kathleen Kennedy will produce the film through Disney Lucasfilm, a company formed after Lucasfilm was bought out by the Walt Disney Co. in October 2012.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard, leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy.

“J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of the Star Wars franchise.

“He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

Abrams, 46, who co-created television series Lost, Fringe and Alias, is one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood today. He’s currently completing work on Star Trek Into Darkness, the second Trek film he’s made since rebooting the franchise in 2009, and has previously directed Mission Impossible III and Super 8

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