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J.J. Abrams talks Star Wars: Episode VII

We haven’t heard from J.J. Abrams in a while now, presumably as he’s hard at work on Star Wars: Episode VII , about which he has broken his recent silence in an interview with EW .

“It’s been nice seeing how important [Star Wars] is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people,” begins Abrams, with something approaching the understatement of the year.

“We all know that [ George Lucas' ] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [ the new film ] to feel real; to feel authentic.

“I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”

Needless to say, Abrams is still saying nothing about plot specifics, but he does have a brief comment on the overall mood of the film…

“I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible,” says the director. “Whatever your favourite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”

Star Wars: Episode VII will open in the UK in 2015.

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