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J.J. Abrams is to direct the new Star Wars film

In a joint press release from Disney and LucasFilm on Saturday, the rumours have been confirmed that J.J.Abrams will take the director’s chair for the next instalment of the Star Wars saga, due for release sometime in 2015. “To be part of the next chapter of the ‘Star Wars’ saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honour,” stated Abrams upon release of the news.

star_2461897bAbrams made his name on the TV Shows Alias and Lost, before finding big screen fame thanks to his involvement in films such as Cloverfield, Star Trek and Super 8.It is a remarkable turn of events for both the director and the franchise as Star Wars creator George Lucas has always maintained that there would be no more films following the first six. That stance changed last year when Disney bought LucasFilm for a mooted $4 billion (wish we could make that from online poker, see playvideopoker.info) and quickly announced that a trilogy of new films, carrying on the story post Return of the Jedi, were in the pipeline.

At this point Abrams’ name was first mooted as a director but initially the director claimed he was too big a fan of the series to take on the responsibility of directing any sequels. But the lure of continuing the Star Wars story to a new generation of fans looks to have been too much to resist.

Star Wars creator George Lucas approved of the choice stating; “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J as a filmmaker and storyteller. “He’s an ideal choice to direct the new ‘Star Wars’ film and the legacy could not be in better hands,” he remarked.

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