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Sc-fi specialist and Lost creator describes new role as 'absolute honor' while George Lucas says Abrams is 'ideal choice'

Jj Abrams will direct the next Star Wars film, Disney has confirmed after days of speculation, giving hope to many long-suffering fans who were disappointed by the past three installments in the iconic franchise.

The announcement was greeted with celebrations on online networks by the films' army of enthusiasts who have already watched Abrams rescue the aging Star Trek series with a high-grossing prequel in 2009.

Disney said late on Friday Abrams would work under the leadership of producer Kathleen Kennedy, the former president of Lucasfilm, and the script would be penned by Oscar-winning writer Michael Arndt.

"Jj is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise," Kennedy said in a statement on starwars.com.

Fans were equally enthusiastic. »

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