Of course, this marks a return to film for the franchise, after George Lucas shot the prequels Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith on digital.
J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), with production scheduled to take place next February in the U.K.
Daniel Mindel previously shot Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and this summer's Star Trek Into Darkness for J.J. Abrams. Other recent credits include John Carter, Savages and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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.