26 December 2012 4:23 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When it was announced earlier this year that Disney would be purchasing Lucasfilm and churning out a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, thoughts quickly turned to who would be worthy of the director's chair. Tops on many lists was J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), who promptly squashed any rumors by taking himself out of the running. Recently, Abrams further commented on refusing the position to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, saying he's a fan of Star Wars and would rather be a viewer in the audience than a force behind the camera. Hit the jump for his comments. In a recent interview with Empire, Abrams commented on the upcoming Star Wars film as follows: "I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I'm not thinking that far ahead! I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. »

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