J.J. Abrams has been officially announced by Lucasfilm to direct Episode VII and take us to a galaxy far, far away.

Disney and Lucasfilm have made the official announcement that J.J. Abrams is on board to direct the new Star Wars film.

Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about the news:

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” Kathleen began.

“J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

According to the press release, Abrams will be producing Episode VII with Bryan Burk, his partner at Bad Robot, along with Lucasfilm.

Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have also been signed up as consultants on the new film, whose script is being penned by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine).

Abrams certainly has had an active and varied career; as the director of the 2009 Star Trek reboot, he has already brought one iconic franchise to the modern age, which he no doubt plans to do with Star Wars. Abrams is also famous for many hit television shows including Lost, Fringe and Alias to name a few.

Star Wars: Episode VII is the first chapter of a brand new trilogy set in the expansive sci-fi universe, and with Abrams at the helm, the possibilities are endless. It will be interesting to see what surprises and twists that Abrams throws at the audience, and to see if Disney's hold on the project somewhat counters Abrams' style.

George Lucas, the famed creator of the legendary franchise, had this to say about Abrams:

“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.  He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands,”

Fans are excited to see what J.J. Abrams has in store with Episode VII, but we'll have to wait until 2015 to find out.

Via Official Star Wars Website