Michael Arndt to pen screenplay for new 'Star Wars'

New film due out in 2015

It's official: Oscar-winning writer Michael Arndt will pen the screenplay for "Star Wars: Episode VII."

StarWars.com has confirmed that the "Toy Story 3," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Catching Fire" scribe has begun "story conferences" with producer Kathleen Kennedy and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.

As Variety recently reported, "Episode VII" - previously referred to as "Episode 7" - which is due out in 2015, could feature "a much older Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo." Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, however, haven't signed on as of yet.

Fans, for the most part, seem pleased with Arndt writing the screenplay. One CNN.com commenter posted, "If he can tell a story correctly through screenplays, which he has given his previous credentials, then I have faith for episode 7."

There's still no word on who will be sitting in the director's chair. However, according to J.J. Abrams' recent interview with Hollywood Life, it likely won't be the "Star Trek" director.

"Look, 'Star Wars' is one of my favorite movies of all time," Abrams said. "I frankly feel that - I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big 'Star Trek' fan growing up, so for me, working on 'Star Trek' didn't have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of 'Star Wars,' but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer."

In addition to Abrams, MTV reports that fans have thrown Jon Favreau and Colin Trevorrow's names into the ring, while another CNN.com commenter suggested, "Christopher Nolan should be Director!!!!"


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