STAR WARS VII Gets New, Familiar Screenwriters

Star Wars: Episode VII has two new writers - though neither should come as a surprise. Working off of Michael Arndt's original script work, J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are now also listed as screenwriters on the film.

Abrams, of course, is the director of the movie, and Lawrence Kasdan is familiar with Star Wars fans - he wrote a little movie called The Empire Strikes Back. He was also already working on the new sequels as a consultant. Abrams meanwhile likes to write his own projects, so its not a shock to see him take a more hands-on approach.

"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy on "There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production."

Star Wars: Episode VII has a tentative release of the broad 2015. The new official statement said shooting will begin in Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios in England.

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