Lawrence Kasdan, one of the writers behind The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will be returning to the Star Wars franchise for Episode VII.
The last time that we had an official announcement about Star Wars: Episode VII was back in July when John Williams was formally attached to the project. Ever since, the internet buzz has been fueled almost entirely by rumors and speculation. However, today the folks at Lucasfilm have unveiled the "master filmmaking team" who will be creating the next Star Wars film.
Much of the crew is made up of people who have worked with Abrams on previous projects, but one name should stand out to anyone who's familiar with Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan worked as a screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and will be returning to co-write the script with director J.J. Abrams.
The duo is taking over for Michael Arndt, the writer behind Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Little Miss Sunshine. Arndt was originally attached to the project last November, and is supposedly working on the next two Star Wars films.
"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. "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 will begin filming in the U.K. next spring, and it's scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.