Dan Mindel previously worked with the director on "Mission: Impossible III" and the "Star Trek" movies
J.J. Abrams is beaming up Dan Mindel to a galaxy far, far away, as the "Star Trek" cinematographer revealed Thursday that he's been hired to shoot "Star Wars: Episode VII" — on 35mm film, even — for Disney and LucasFilm.
Kodak's Lorette Bayle asked Mindel about his involvement in the hush-hush project during an event at the ASC Club House that was attended by a writer for BobaFettFanClub.com, which first reported the news.
Mindel will shoot on 35mm film, and more specifically (since "Star Wars" fans are sticklers for details), on Kodak film stock 5219. The two most recent "Star Wars" prequels were shot on digital, which was still a fledgling technology when George Lucas chose to use it.
The cinematographer did not say whether Abrams intends to include his trademark lens flares in "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Mindel first worked with Abrams on "Mission: Impossible III" before reteaming with the director for "Star Trek" and this year's sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness." Disney has trusted him with its tentpole properties before, as Mindel also served as director of photography on "John Carter," which looked great despite losing millions of dollars for the studio.
Mindel recently shot Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" for director Marc Webb. He's repped by The Skouras Agency.