[Movies] J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan to Write Star Wars: Episode VII Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.24.2013
Abrams teaming with a Star Wars vet...
Lucasfilm has announced that Michael Arndt will no longer be writing Star Wars: Episode VII. The company has officially revealed that J.J. Abrams (who is also directing) will co-write the film with Lawrence Kasdan. If you've heard Kasdan's name, it is because he was the co-writer on the first two Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He also wrote the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, "I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. 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."
Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are all currently underway for the film, with John Williams set to return as composer. Production begins in spring for a 2015 release.