Director urges the team to give fans "something great" in hand-written letter

A note that Star Wars director JJ Abrams wrote to the cast on the first day of shooting the new movie has surfaced online.

The eagerly-anticipated sequel is due for release in December 2015 and recently began shooting in London. A hand-written letter from Abrams to each member of the cast and crew, including actors Adam Driver and Andy Serkis, has gone viral with the director urging the team to give fans “something great”.

“Dearest cast and crew. What an honour it is to work beside all of you, on Star Wars Ep VII,” writes Abrams. “I can’t thank you enough, for all work past and future. Let’s take good care of not just ourselves, but of each other.”

He signs off with: “Amazing, but true: the world awaits this film. Let’s give ‘em something GREAT. xo JJ”

Oscar Isaac recently praised Abrams’ approach to making the next instalment in the series of much loved films and said he has found working with the director “refreshing”.

The seventh installment of the much loved franchise has begun shooting at London’s Pinewood studios ahead of a December 2015 release. Original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will return for the film.

Disney recently suggested they will release at least three Star Wars spin-off films in the next 10 years in addition to the three they have already committed to making.