J.J. Abrams calls his Star Wars: Episode VII experience 'surreal' On Friday night, Walt Disney Pictures confirmed the news that everyone on planet earth had been waiting for. J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII. The director spoke publicly about the job for the first time at the red carpet of the Producers Guild Awards, and as suspected, he revealed nothing about the sequel itself.

"It really is an incredible thing. It's wildly surreal."

When asked whether original cast members such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are returning, the filmmaker said it is too early to discuss specific details.

"It's obviously way too early to talk specifics. But I'm excited to actually start it."

In another interview, the filmmaker reveals he wants to create a touching, heartfelt story, and that he wants to make the fans proud.

"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."

While Disney has been set on a 2015 release date since the project was first announced in October, it isn't known when production will actually begin. The director will work from a screenplay by Michael Arndt.