31 January 2013 4:14 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With news of Jj Abrams' recruitment to the helm of the new Star Wars still reverberating through fandom, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with producer Kathleen Kennedy for an in-depth chat about the newest Disney franchise, its director, and her working relationship with George Lucas. First up, the recruitment drive. "Jj was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door," Kennedy remembered of the three-hour covert meeting she and her writers held with Abrams on December 19. The director had "very genuine concerns" about the impact a potentially overseas-based production might have on his family, not to mention the sheer pressure of piloting the Star Wars universe. "If there was any pause on Jj's part", said the producer, "it was the same pause everybody has - including myself - stepping into this. It's daunting."Abrams, for his part, testified to those early reservations, and to the persuasiveness of Kennedy's sales pitch. »


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