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It's official! J.J. Abrams has been tapped to direct the upcoming seventh Star Wars film, Disney confirmed Saturday.

"It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie," said LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "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."

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