J.J. Abrams, director of "Star Wars: Episode VII," is shown her working on location in the desert in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
J.J. Abrams, director of "Star Wars: Episode VII," is shown her working on location in the desert in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. AP
J.J. Abrams, director of "Star Wars: Episode VII," is shown her working on location in the desert in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. AP
Star Wars Countdown

Star Wars Countdown

Daily dispatches as we approach the premiere of "The Force Awakens"

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