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Star Wars veterans Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Matthew Wood have praised the appointment of Jj Abrams as Episode 7 director. The trio have all collaborated with Abrams on Super 8 and worked across George Lucas's six Star Wars blockbusters. Dennis Muren, the visual effects supervisor whose credits also include Et and Jurassic Park, said of Abrams via a Lucasfilm statement: "He puts everything he has into his work. "He totally immerses himself. He's got such a visual eye, which is so important to the Star Wars films. It seems that a lot of the same things that were in George when he made the first Star Wars films are also in Jj. "I think he's going to fit into the other movies perfectly, with the energy that Jj has. We're kick-starting Star Wars again (more) »

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