Star Trek’s JJ Abrams has been confirmed to direct the new Star Wars film.

His involvement in the project was confirmed by Lucasfilm with a statement which says, "After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet.

"Yes, JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt [writer of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine] will write the screenplay."

The director said : "To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honour. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid."

George Lucas said he has been consistently impressed with Abrams’ work saying "the legacy couldn’t be in better hands."