'There's a purity in not knowing every little thing,' says filmmaker

JJ Abrams has revealed that he is trying to keep any secrets about Star Wars: Episode VII well hidden.

Abrams, who was also behind the camera for the recent Star Trek Into Darkness, managed to hoodwink fans into believing that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing an entirely new villain in the film, only for him to be eventually revealed as classic character Khan.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Abrams said that the reveal had perhaps come across as being “too clever” for the audience, and added: “Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”

He added: “I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing…it seems rather extreme.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to open in cinemas on December 18, 2015, with shooting due to begin later this year at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. It was recently revealed that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles from the original trilogy in the film.