Director is due to start shooting 'Episode VII' early next year in the UK

Director JJ Abrams has spoken about his aims for the new Star Wars movie.

Abrams is due to start shooting Star Wars: Episode VII in the UK early next year (2014) from a script by Toy Story III writer Michael Arndt. The eagerly-anticipated film remains shrouded in secrecy as no plot details are currently known and the cast has yet to be confirmed.

Asked which previous Star Wars movie he is hoping to channel in terms of spirit or tone, Abrams (pictured right) told Entertainment Weekly: “Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favourite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”

Explaining why making the film “real” is so important to him, Abrams added: “I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [Episode VII] 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 fairytale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”

Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch has recently been linked to Abrams’ new Star Wars movie following an earlier report that Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron were up for roles. Original Star Wars cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have all hinted very strongly that they will be returning.