J.J. Abrams to direct new Star Wars movie

'Star Trek: Into Darkness' director J.J. Abrams has reportedly signed up to direct the new 'Star Wars' movie

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J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams will direct the new 'Star Wars' movie.

The 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' director has reportedly signed up for the first film in the newly acquired Disney franchise, which has been slated for a 2015 release, according to The Wrap.

The news will come as a surprise after J.J. appeared to rule himself out as the film's director last year although he admitted to being a huge fan of the original movies, the first of which was released in 1977.

He said: "As a kid I was always a fan of special effects. Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was.'Star Wars' was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn't matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and scary and compelling and the visual effects just served the characters and story. It galvanized for me; not for what was exciting about how movies were made, but rather for what movies were capable of."

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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