J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan take over screenwriting for Star Wars: Episode VII

Director J.J. ABRAMS is taking over screenwriting duties on the forthcoming STAR WARS sequel following the departure of movie scribe MICHAEL ARNDT.

No official reason has been given for Arndt's exit from the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII project, but the filmmaker has now recruited Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980's Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, to help him with the storyline.

In a post on StarWars.com, producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy writes, "I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script.

"There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production."

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