J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’; Wants to Make Fans Proud

The recently-confirmed director would not reveal any details, or if Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are returning.

J.J. Abrams calls his Star Wars: Episode VII experience 'surreal'
J.J. Abrams calls his Star Wars: Episode VII experience 'surreal'
On Friday night, Walt Disney Pictures confirmed the news that everyone on planet earth had been waiting for. J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII. The director spoke publicly about the job for the first time at the red carpet of the Producers Guild Awards, and as suspected, he revealed nothing about the sequel itself.

"It really is an incredible thing. It's wildly surreal."

When asked whether original cast members such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are returning, the filmmaker said it is too early to discuss specific details.

"It's obviously way too early to talk specifics. But I'm excited to actually start it."

In another interview, the filmmaker reveals he wants to create a touching, heartfelt story, and that he wants to make the fans proud.

"You know, obviously, it's so early. I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we're just getting started. I'm very excited."

While Disney has been set on a 2015 release date since the project was first announced in October, it isn't known when production will actually begin. The director will work from a screenplay by Michael Arndt.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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  1. ollie-styrene

    I really hope they dont bring back the old cast,.. its over for them, find som age appropriate actors,.. just like in star trek.. I really think JJ can bring out what the fans want!!

    2 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ROFLitschristian@the-movieghost Well, let's looks at the history of the trilogies. First 3, Chewbacca. Sold a sh*t load of toys. Prequels? Jar Jar is the most hated character in the franchise, but meant for kids and I'm sure a good million was made from this guy. Now the real question is, how many useless characters are the studio gonna want and which is the new sidekick to hit the shelves for another billion dollar merch

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. Nburgmei

    @the-movieghost What if they opened the movie with an epic Jar Jar death scene? No context at all, just Jar Jar Binks meeting his well-deserved end.

    2 years agoby @nburgmeiFlag

  4. the MovieGhost

    Shut your filthy mouth @ROFLitschristian.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  5. SherlockHolmes2009

    Im all ready for him to give Star Wars a go like he did for Star Trek

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  6. Replicant

    I'm kinda hoping he'll reboot it the same way he did with Star Trek story-wise; where he didn't cling on to the older films, but still the time travel/Spock thing still tied it in nicely.

    I don't want the same obviously, but that same feel of something old being completely new.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  7. Sean

    I cannot wait for Star Wars Episode Vll ! I have a feeling that it's going to be the best Star Wars movie yet, now that J.J. Abrams is going to direct it!

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. ROFLitschristian

    Please bring back Jar Jar. That's what all the fans really want, J.J.!

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  9. CelluloidDreams

    ...and no Jar Jar Binks!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  10. aoshi

    He revitalized Star Trek by starwarising it. Expect plenty of wipeout shots in this one!

    2 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  11. Aaron Jungling

    The more I thinkabout it there probably is not anyone better to direct if they are insisting on making new Star Wars. A true movie fan who will do them justice without going over the top in visuals and fight choreography. The news that Muren,Burtt and Kasdan are on board as well is also a very good thing for the continuation of the franchise.

    2 years agoby @Aaron-JunglingFlag

  12. justatadmatt

    He wasn't even a fan of Star Trek and completely revitalized that franchise...I can't even imagine what he is going to do with this since he is a true fanboy about it...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  13. undeadslayer4

    this star wars series better be way better the hobbit

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  14. artkid04

    the new star wars needs to have a good mix of action/character/grit

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Not too much "touching"

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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