J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams wants 'Star Wars Episode VII' to feel "authentic".

The filmmaker, who is set to direct the highly anticipated seventh instalment in the space saga, taking over from franchise creator George Lucas, understands there is a lot of pressure on him from hardcore sci-fi fans to make a good movie, but he simply hopes his movie captures the "real" feeling of the original movies.

He said: "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.

"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."

Little is known about the plot for the film, which will be scripted by Michael Arndt.

The movie marks the first 'Star Wars' film produced by Disney after they acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas last year.

It's expected that original 'Star Wars' actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles in the movie.

'Star Wars Episode VII' is due for release in May 2015.