It's now official: Star Wars Episode VII has a writer!

We've been wondering who Disney and Lucasfilm would hire to write the new Star Wars sequel, and now the higher-ups have confirmed that the job has officially been filled. So who will pen Star Wars VII?

As was rumored a few days ago, Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Little Miss Sunshine, Phineas and Ferb) has been confirmed as the man who will bring one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises back to the big screen.

Lucasfilm released the news Friday evening at

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, 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).
Though he doesn't have a mountain of experience, Arndt's catalog is solid, and we're curious to see his take on Star Wars. Plus, with George Lucas staying on as a consultant, you'd have to think he'll also get a pass at this thing before it's all over (which could be a good or bad thing, it all depends).

What do you think? Is Arndt the man for the job?

(Via /Film)

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