J.J. Abrams 'terrified' and 'thrilled' about new Star Wars

J.J. Abrams is both "terrified" and "thrilled" there is going to be a new series of 'Star Wars' films after Disney announced last week it had agreed a deal to buy Lucasfilm from its founder George Lucas

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J.J. Abrams is "terrified" there is going to be a new series of 'Star Wars' films.

The 'Star Trek' helmer joked he is worried about the new instalments of the franchise - which comes after Disney announced last week it had agreed a deal to buy Lucasfilm from its founder George Lucas - but the filmmaker admits he is also "thrilled" to see what the project will entail.

When asked what he thinks about the new movie series, he said: "Part of me. Thrilled. Part of me. Terrified."

'Sin City' director Robert Rodriguez thinks the franchise has left in "capable hands" with Disney, and he believes the company is the "best studio for the job".

He explained: "What an amazing world and legacy George Lucas has created -- and it needs to continue in capable hands. I do think Disney is the best studio for the job and the fact that they brought in Kathleen Kennedy? I can't imagine a better scenario. And 2015 can't get here fast enough."

Disney announced last week it is paying $4.05 billion (£2.52 billion) for the production company and has confirmed it is to make 'Star Wars Episode VII', with a 2015 release date scheduled.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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