24 January 2013 2:38 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

J.J. Abrams is beaming from one franchise to another.

The Star Trek Into Darkness director is set to helm the next installment of Star Wars, EW has confirmed. (The Wrap first reported the news.)

“As a kid I was always a fan of special effects. Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and »


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