Abrams gives few hints about ‘Star Wars’

LAS VEGAS – A newly announced “Star Wars” sequel was on everyone’s mind when J.J. Abrams took the stage Wednesday at a Las Vegas video game conference, but he made only a sideways mention of the film he has been hired to direct.

The reference was a throw-away joke from his last franchise reboot.

The director played a scene from his 2009 “Star Trek” film to illustrate the importance of embroidering films with subtle details, and freeze-framed on a shot of a familiar “Star Wars” robot peeking from space junk.

“So they’re looking at all the debris that’s out there, and curiously, it’s R2D2,” he said, drawing a roar of laughter.

Gabe Newell, president of video game developer Valve, shared a stage with Abrams at the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.