"It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture."
―Kathleen Kennedy[src]

Jeffrey Jacob "J.J." Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer who is the director of both Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode IX.

He made a vocal cameo in the film, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda as the singers for the songs Jabba Flow and Dobra Doompa.


The son of television producers Gerald and Carol Ann Abrams, J.J. and his friend Matt Reeves won an award at a festival called "The Best Teen Super 8mm Films of ’81", held at the Nuart Theater, Los Angeles, in March 1982. Abrams and Reeves were hired by Kathleen Kennedy to transfer Steven Spielberg's student films to VHS.[3]

On January 24, 2013, reports emerged that Abrams would direct the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[4] confirmed the news the following day, announcing also that Abrams would co-produce the film alongside his longtime producing partner, Bryan Burk, and Abrams' production company, Bad Robot.[1]

In October 2013, it was announced that Abrams had taken over screenwriting duties for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, working alongside Lawrence Kasdan following the departure of Michael Arndt.[5] Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in theaters on December 18, 2015.[6][7]

In February 2015, Abrams confirmed that he would be executive producing Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX.[2]

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Feature filmsEdit

Title Released Role(s)
Taking Care of Business 1990 Writer
Regarding Henry 1991 Writer
Forever Young 1992 Writer
The Pallbearer 1996 Producer
Gone Fishin' 1997 Writer
Armageddon 1998 Writer
The Suburbans 1998 Producer
Joy Ride 2001 Producer, writer
Mission: Impossible III 2006 Director, producer, writer
Cloverfield 2008 Producer
Star Trek 2009 Director, producer
Morning Glory 2010 Producer
Super 8 2011 Director, producer, writer
Mission: Impossible– Ghost Protocol 2011 Producer
Star Trek into Darkness 2013 Director, producer
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens 2015 Director, producer, writer
Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi 2017 Executive producer[2]
Star Wars: Episode IX 2019 Director, executive producer, writer[2][8]

Television creditsEdit

Year Program Credit Notes
1998–2002 Felicity creator, writer, executive producer, director, co-composer of theme music
2001–2006 Alias creator, writer, executive producer, director, theme music composer
2005 The Catch creator, executive producer
2004–2010 Lost co-creator, executive producer, writer, theme music composer, director
2007 The Office guest director Cocktails, Season 3, Episode 18
2006–2007 What About Brian executive producer
Six Degrees executive producer
2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! guest director
2007 Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed interviewee
2008–2013 Fringe co-creator, executive producer, theme music composer, writer
2009 Anatomy of Hope executive producer, writer, director pilot
2010 Undercovers co-creator, executive producer, writer, director, theme music composer
2011–present Person of Interest executive producer, theme music composer
2012 Alcatraz executive producer, theme music composer
Shelter executive producer pilot[9]
Family Guy guest star episode: Ratings Guy
2012–2014 Revolution executive producer
2013 Almost Human executive producer pilot[10]
Believe producer pilot[11]


Non-canon appearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars Is Being Kick-Started with Dynamite J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII on (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Chitwood, Adam. Exclusive: J.J. Abrams Talks STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and That New Lightsaber. Collider. Retrieved on February 5, 2015. "I wouldn’t say VIII and IX are my baby, Rian will be working at least on VIII, but I’m executive producing those films, yeah."
  3. What Star Wars: The Force Awakens Producer Kathleen Kennedy Learned From Working With a Teenage J.J. Abrams. Vanity Fair (2015-05-20). Retrieved on May 23, 2015.
  4. Wigler, Josh (January 24, 2013). J.J. Abrams To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. MTV. Retrieved on January 25, 2013.
  5. J.J. Abrams to script as well as direct. Guardian UK (August 25, 2013). Retrieved on October 25, 2013.
  6. 'Star Wars: Episode VII' script delayed.
  7. Disney Chief Reveals 'Star Wars: VII' Casting Almost Complete, Says Film Is Already Shooting (Video). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on July 4, 2014.
  8. SWCustom-2011 J. J. Abrams to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode IX on (backup link)
  9. CW Picks Up 3 More Drama Pilots Including JJ Abrams & Mark Schwahn's Shelter. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  10. Hibberd, James (January 25, 2013). J.J. Abrams' robot cops show gets pilot order. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on January 30, 2013.
  11. Goldberg, Lesley (January 25, 2013). NBC Orders J.J. Abrams Drama, Bill Lawrence Comedy to Pilot. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 30, 2013.

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