"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, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.