Lucasfilm and Walt Disney have confirmed that that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new trilogy of Star Wars films.
The confirmation follows days of online speculation and rumour.
In a statement the two studios said Abrams will be directing the film which will be written by Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt.
Star Wars will be the second big screen Sci-Fi franchises Abrams has overhauled, having previously produced the acclaimed Star Trek reboot.
“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 head 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.”
Star Wars creator George Lucas said: “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.”
“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 honour,” said Abrams in a statement.
“I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”