"It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. 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."
―Kathleen Kennedy[src]

Jeffrey Jacob "J.J." Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer. He directed, co-wrote and co-produced Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, and served as executive producer for Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.


The son of television producers Gerald and Carol Ann Abrams, J.J. and his friend Matt Reeves won an award at a festival called "The Best Teen Super 8mm Films of '81," held at the Nuart Theater, Los Angeles, in March 1982. Abrams and Reeves were hired by Kathleen Kennedy to transfer Steven Spielberg's student films to VHS.[2] Among Abrams' earliest works was the screenplay that became the 1991 film Regarding Henry, which starred Harrison Ford. Abrams participated in a roundtable discussion with Mark Hamill and Kevin Smith on a 2005 episode of Jon Favreau's Dinner for Five. In the late 2000s, he was interviewed several times for and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. In 2011, he produced the Harrison Ford film Morning Glory.

In January 2013, it was announced that Abrams would direct and co-produce Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, alongside his longtime producing partner, Bryan Burk, and Abrams' production company, Bad Robot.[3] That October, it was revealed that Abrams had also taken over screenwriting duties for the film, working alongside Lawrence Kasdan following the departure of Michael Arndt.[4] Together with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Abrams also co-wrote and provided vocals for "Jabba Flow" and "Dobra Doompa," musical pieces which feature in the Maz Kanata scenes. The Force Awakens was released in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Abrams went on to be executive producer of 2017's Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi and director/co-writer/co-producer of 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.[5] For the latter film, Abrams also voiced the droid D-O.


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