Confirmed : Michael Arndt to write Star Wars : Episode 7

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It’s no longer just a rumour, ‘the word’, gossip, hearsay, or scuttlebutt… “Toy Story 3″ co-writer has been confirmed, by both Lucasfilm and Disney, as the scriptwriter in charge of the new “Star Wars” trilogy.

StarWars.com posted today :

Michael Arndt to Write Screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII
November 09, 2012
As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).

It’s rumorued that Arndt has written a treatment for episodes 8 and 9 too, and that all three films fix around the characters of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.