'Star Wars': J.J. Abrams promises 'Episode VII' will feel 'real' and 'authentic'

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Very little is known about the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel, "Star Wars: Episode VII" directed by J.J. Abrams. All we know for sure is that it is called "Star Wars: Episode VII" and it's directed by J.J. Abrams ... the rest is just rumors or unconfirmed speculation.

EW was able to squeeze a little bit of detail out of the director on Thursday (Sept. 19) when interviewing Abrams about his other upcoming project, sci-fi series "Almost Human," the main idea being that Abrams will strive to make the sequel feel real.

"It's been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people," Abrams says. "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."

And as for which of the previous "Star Wars" films best exemplifies what Abrams is aiming to do in terms of the spirit/tone of "Episode VII," the director was a bit more cagey with his answer. "Impossible for me to say because it's going to be an evolving thing," Abrams says. "I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite 'Star Wars' movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective."

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is expected to hit theaters in 2015.

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