It turns out Steven Spielberg knew that J.J. Abrams was the best choice for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" the entire time.
According to Deadline, a 60 Minutes segment that is set to air this Sunday reveals that Spielberg always had Abrams in mind to helm the seventh "Star Wars" film. Abrams reportedly told CBS News' Bill Whitaker that when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was announced, he told Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy -- who he worked with during "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" and "Jurassic Park" -- "...Kathy, there’s only one director that really should undertake this daunting, epic task, and that’s J.J. Abrams."
Abrams described his feelings of excitement over helming a "Star Wars" film to Whitaker in the 60 Minutes segment: "I had feelings of ‘Holy, what the … I can’t believe I’m here’ … constantly happening and I had to suppress that and say, ‘Yep, OK, let’s do it’ … because the job was not to be a wide-eyed fanboy. The job was to be director of the movie."
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits screens December 18.