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JJ Abrams talks Star Wars Episode VII. Empire magazine's May issue, the "JJ Abrams Issue," features a candid interview with the director where he dishes on how the whole Episode VII escapade went down. Like we had all heard before, Abrams said that he initially turned down Star Wars because he thought he wouldn't have time because of his commitment to Star Trek. However, once he realized most of the quote "heavy lifting" was done, he had what he called an interesting conversation with Star Wars executive producer, Kathy Kennedy which is where he says his whole Episode 7 journey began. Abrams was never really a Star Trek fan prior to shooting the movie, but had tremendous success with it. He was, however, a huge Star Wars fan, which was also one of the reasons he originally was hesitant about taking on such a passion project. But now that he has had some time to digest it all, he says that he will take on Star Wars with a similar place of excitement that he did with Star Trek saying, "How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it -- all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It's a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there's something amazing here is the thing that they share." Star Trek is set to hit theaters May 17th of this year, and as press heats up for that, I am sure we will hear much more about JJ Abrams thoughts and feelings about Star Wars. Until then, though, I want to know your thoughts on the future of Star Wars? Do you think that Abrams has what it takes to stylize the Star Wars universe differently than he did with Star Trek? Make sure you leave us your thoughts down in the comments section, and while you're here, make sure you sub to our channel for more updates on Star Wars and all of your other favorite movie news. From our studio in Hollywood, Im Erin White, and Ill see ya soon!