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JJ Abrams to direct new Star Wars film

Another universe of sci-fi fans has been put in the hands of JJ Abrams.

According to multiple trade reports, Abrams is set to direct the next installment of Star Wars, which Disney has said will be Episode 7 and due out in 2015. Disney bought Star Wars maker Lucas' film last month for $4.06bn (¤3.02bn).

The Emmy-award-winning director of the TV show Lost also captained the reboot of Star Trek for rival studio Paramount Pictures, with the next installment in that series, Star Trek: Into Darkness, set to hit theatres on May 17.

Roberto Orci, a producer and writer who has worked with Abrams on Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Mission: Impossible III, appeared to confirm the reports on Twitter.

In response to a question about Abrams' involvement, Orci tweeted back "True!"

He also responded to a Spanish-speaking questioner, "Creo que si!" ("I think so.")

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