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This weekend the news that everyone was waiting for finally broke. Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens has a director, and is that man.

In case you needed to be sold on the validity of this claim, the bequeathing of the biggest director's job in the history of ever was officially confirmed via, which piled praise on the Cloverfield producer and Star Trek Into Darkness director. The website officially announced:

After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet. Yes, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

Producer and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy added:

It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.

The big man himself, , has also broken silence and given Abrams his blessing:

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 couldn't be in better hands.

Finally Abrams himself has explained how it feels to direct the next installment in the world famous franchise:

To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.

Will Abrams stay on to direct the latter two movies of the trilogy, or will he pass the baton on to other directors? Most importantly, do you think this will have an impact on the direction he takes with Star Trek Beyond?

We have a comment section, and I know you folks know what to do with it. Share your thoughts below on this massive development.


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