J.J. Abrams gave Star Wars cast handwritten note of encouragement

Director J.J. Abrams gave the cast of the new Star Wars film a boost on the first day of shooting the new sequel by penning handwritten notes of encouragement to each actor.

Cameras began rolling on Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England on Friday (16May14), with actors Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and John Boyega among the stars, and now a photo of a message Abrams sent to each castmember has emerged online.

The letter, written by hand on Abrams’ own red personalised stationery, reads: “Dearest cast and crew. What an honour it is to work beside all of you, on Star Wars Ep VII. “I can’t thank you enough, for all work past and future. Let’s take good care of not just ourselves, but of each other.” He concluded the note by stating, “Amazing, but true: the world awaits this film. Let’s give ‘em something GREAT. xo JJ”.

Original Star Wars icons Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will also be returning to the franchise’s latest film, which is due for release in December, 2015.