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Some people just can’t get enough of a good thing. Hot off the heels of a record breaking weekend for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” JJ Abrams is already looking ahead to the sequel. While it’s safe to say his name will be attached to Episode VIII as executive producer, the man helming the project will be Rian Johnson (“Looper”).

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They say hindsight is always 20/20 and that phrase seems fitting here as Abrams’ childhood friend Greg Grunberg — who appears in “The Force Awakens” for a hot minute — tells The Washington Post that the director got a hold of the sequel’s script and is yearning to step into Johnson’s shoes.

“He read it and said something he never, ever says,” Grunberg says. “He said: ‘It’s so good, I wish I were making it.’”

That’s a bold statement coming from the director who Grunberg claims doesn’t shell out accolades that easily. “He may have said something one time on ‘Lost,’ with Damon [Lindelof, the co-creator],” he continues, “but I never hear him express regret like that.”

The yet-to-be titled “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is set to hit theaters on May 26, 2017 with Colin Trevorrow’s sequel — “Episode IX,” if you’re nasty — coming sometime in 2019.

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