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Looks like things are moving quickly on Star Wars Episode 7 as Disney and LucasFilm have confirmed a writer for the new trilogy!
We may not know who will be directing the new film or if any of the original cast will in fact be returning, but we now know who will be the first step in bringing the Star Wars universe back onto the big screen. Academy Award winner Michael Arndt, who won for 2006's Little Miss Sunshine and was nominated for Disney's own Toy Story 3 in 2010 has been confirmed as the choice for one of the most sought after jobs in Hollywood.
Arndt will be the sole screenwriter on the project and has already written a treatment for all three films in the planned trilogy. For those of you concerned he may not be the right person going off his previous films, we have to mention this isn't his first foray into sci-fi, as Arndt's next project will be the Tom Cruise starrer Oblivion about a veteran soldier who is sent to a distant planet to wipe out an alien race. He also is a writer on next year's The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.
On the director front, though Disney and LucasFilm have yet to name Lucas' replacement, fan favorite J.J. Abrams has said that he is a Star Wars fan, but thinks he will be seeing the new film "as a paying moviegoer" and not the film's director. Meanwhile, Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau, Pacific Rim's Guillermo del Toro and Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Tervorrow have all been rumored to be on the list of possible directors, but are taking a "wait and see" attitude when it comes to the job.
So are you comfortable with the future of the Star Wars universe in the hands of Michael Arndt and would any of the directors we mentioned be the perfect pick to helm the project? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments or over on Twitter @ClevverMovies. I'm Erin White, thanks for watching!