The Star Trek moviemaker has been hired by bosses at Disney to take charge of the upcoming seventh movie in the sci-fi franchise, the first Star Wars installment since creator George Lucas sold his Lucasfilm company to the media giant last year (12).
The appointment puts Abrams in charge of the new movie, while Lucas will serve as a creative consultant, and he has now spoken of his excitement and nerves about his new role.
Abrams says, ""(It is) as surreal as it is exciting... 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.""
Star Wars Episode VII will be released in 2015.