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J.J. Abrams to Direct 'Star Wars': the Best Twitter Reactions

Fans rejoice -- but can't help cracking a few "Star Trek" and lens flare jokes.
J.J. Abrams   |   Austin Hargrave
Fans rejoice -- but can't help cracking a few "Star Trek" and lens flare jokes.

The news that J.J. Abrams is nearing a deal to leave the world of Starfleet and head to a galaxy far, far away caused quite a stir online Thursday.

The Star Trek Into Darkness director had previously said he was not interested in taking the reins of Star Wars: Episode VII, but has apparently changed his mind.

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The next installment, which Abrams would direct, is targeting a 2015 release, with Disney seeing it as a launching point for a new trilogy. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) is penning a script, which might include room for original trilogy actors such as Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

Below are the best tweets Hollywood, fans, and yes, parody accounts, had to offer in reaction to Abrams’ becoming the next Star Wars director.

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