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Michael Arndt to write Star Wars: Episode VII screenplay

Star Wars

Story by Jack Foley

LUCASFILM has confirmed that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt is to write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII.

A 40 to 50-page treatment has already been completed, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which will bring the saga of the Skywalkers, aka Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and twins Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa, to a close in a new trilogy.

Rumours abound that the story will focus on a new generation of heroes and would feature appearances by Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in older incarnations of their beloved characters. Sources close to Harrison Ford have also revealed that he would be open to appearing as Han Solo.

Further sources have refused to rule out the possibility of a number of characters from previous Star Wars films re-appearing, including dead Jedis who could return in spirit form.

With the writer now confirmed, the next stage is finding a director with Brad Bird, of Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol said to be high on the list of possibilities.

Arndt’s credentials as writer, though, would appear to be impeccable given that he is a self-confessed massive Star Wars fan.

The in-demand writer won an Oscar for his script for Little Miss Sunshine and was nominated for his work on Toy Story 3. More recently, he has also co-written the screenplay for upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.

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