03/24/2013 10:26 am ET

JJ Abrams & 'Star Wars': Sequel Director Talks Taking The Job

With "Star Wars Episode VII" set to release in 2015, JJ Abrams better get started.

"There are infinitely more questions than answers right now," Abrams said in an interview with Empire about what's ahead for the "Star Wars" sequel.

The director spoke about his approach to the upcoming "Star Wars" film, comparing it to his recent work with the "Star Trek" franchise. “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,” he added.

While the role he nabbed directing the new "Star Wars" was a coveted one, Abrams wasn't initially sold. “My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the 'Star Trek' movie and I can’t even consider it," he said. "But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting."

Before the announcement was made that Abrams was tapped to direct, Steven Spielberg was one of the early favorites for the film. A friend of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, Spielberg shot down the rumors, saying "It's not my genre. It's my best friend George's genre."

So how does Spielberg feel about Abrams taking on the films?

“I will say that Steven was very encouraging of 'Star Wars,'" Abrams said. "It’s funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on.”

For more on Abrams and "Star Wars," head over to Empire.

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