'Star Wars' reboot director J.J Abrams speaks at video gaming conference in Las Vegas

Hannah Dreier, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - If the force is with die-hard fans, J.J. Abrams will give away a few clues to his vision for the seventh live-action "Star Wars" film.

The acclaimed science-fiction filmmaker is expected to give an opening talk Wednesday at a video game industry conference in Las Vegas.

Abrams has become a trusted steward of beloved fantasy universes after his well-received additions to the "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" franchises.

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas facilitated the latest round of "Star Wars" spin-offs when he sold his Lucasfilm empire to The Walt Disney Co. for $4.05 billion last fall.

"Episode VII" is due out in 2015.