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JJ Abrams discusses working with Lawrence Kasdan on Star Wars: Episode VII

In issue 214 of Total Film magazine , we catch up with Star Wars: Episode VII (opens in new tab) director J.J. Abrams, who gives us the inside scoop on his latest sci-fi extravaganza.

Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad (opens in new tab) , Abrams tells us about hiring Empire Strikes Back (opens in new tab) screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to help him rework Michael Arndt's Episode VII script.

“Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life," Abrams says. "We've had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer."

Abrams adds that he's looking forward to shooting the film in London.

"It's something that I've always intended to do," he says. "But I'm torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine.

"Of course, that dream existed prior to me being married and having a family, so the reality of making a movie like that for any period of time becomes much more difficult when there are other people that you desperately love and care for involved."

Star Wars: Episode VII o pens in cinemas in December 2015.

For more from Abrams, pick up the brand new issue of Total Film , which is out now , and includes an exclusive look at RoboCop (opens in new tab) , The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (opens in new tab) and many more exciting new movies .

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