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More info yet on what will probably be the biggest Nerd news story of the year–if not the decade (that is, until Disney finds a director for Episode VIII….at which point we’ll go through all of this nonsense again).

As everyone except the Mole People are already aware, J.J. Abrams: Star Trek rebooter and creator of Lost and Fringe has been tapped to helm the announced seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise.

Abrams was asked about the project by E! Online at the Producer’s Guild of America Awards (where Abrams was being honored with the Norman Lear Award)–specifically, they wanted the skinny on whether or not the original cast would be returning….This was Abrams’ response:

“It really is an incredible thing, It’s wildly surreal. It’s obviously way too early to talk specifics, but I’m excited to actually start it.”

In other words, he either doesn’t know or isn’t at liberty to say.

His statement last night to Huffington Post was equally lacking in information–but more heartfelt:

“I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we’re just getting started. I’m very excited.”

Abrams’ take on the SW universe is due out on an unspecified date in 2015. Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt is on board to write the screenplay. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Bad Robot, and Kathleen Kennedy will produce–with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg consulting.

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