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George Lucas expressed his confidence about director J.J Abrams Helming the upcoming "Star Wars Episode 7."
During the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards, the original creator of Star Wars told Access Hollywood that Abrams fundamentally understood the series. Lucas stated, "Yeah. J.J.'s a great director and we're friends. I think he understands the whole thing and how it works."
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He added that he believed in producer Kathleen Kennedy. He said, "If he doesn't, [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy] will keep it straight."
Lucas also confirmed that he would not be involved in the project. He said, "If they need help or anything, they'll give me a call. Otherwise, I'm off on my own."
He concluded by wishing Abrams luck and told him to ignore any comments comparing the new films to the original trilogy. "No matter how you do it, it's a complicated cultural icon. Therefore you're always going to be in trouble no matter what you do. So, the best thing you can do is just plow forward and try to do the best story you can," he said.
"Star Wars Episode 7" is currently in pre-production with Abrams directing the film, Kathleen Kennedy producing and Michael Arndt writing the script.
A few weeks ago the first rumors about the plot surfaced on the Internet. The plot revealed that Jaina and Jacen Solo would be the central protagonists. However production did not comment or confirm the news.
Abrams' frequent editing team of Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey are already confirmed for the space opera while Darren Gilford is confirmed to be production designer. Costume designer Michael Kaplan will create the wardrobe.
Casting has yet to begin but Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are rumored to star in the film.
The latest installment is slated to begin production in January 2014 and will be released in 2015.