When asked about his approach to the franchise, the director revealed he wants to honor the previous franchises, while not putting it on a pedestal.
J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Arndt. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are returning as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, but no story details have been confirmed at this time.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.