J.J. Abrams on His "Wildly Surreal" Star Wars 7 Ride

The new director of the Force franchise gives us his perspective on the red carpet at the Producers Guild Awards

By Marc Malkin Jan 27, 2013 5:17 AMTags
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J.J. Abrams has a lot of work ahead of him.

If for some reason you haven't heard, it was announced earlier today that the mega-director will direct Star Wars 7.

"It really is an incredible thing," Abrams just told me on the red carpet at the Producers Guild of America Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Even more so, he said, "It's wildly surreal."

We can only imagine.

And, of course, we had to ask if the original cast (you know, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill) would be coming back.

"It's obviously way too early to talk specifics," he said. "But I'm excited to actually start it."

Needless to say, we're excited too.

Abrams was honored tonight with the Norman Lear Achievement Award, which was presented by his Alias star, Jennifer Garner. Sweet!

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