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Star Wars: Episode 7 to be written by Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt

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Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film, Lucasfilm has confirmed.

The writer - who won a 'Best Original Screenplay' Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine and was nominated for 'Best Adapted Screenplay' for Toy Story 3 in 2010 - was first linked to the project earlier this week.

Writer Michael Arndt accepts the Outstanding FIlm-Wide Release award for "Little Miss Sunshine" onstage at the 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles (Pictured April 2007)

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The official announcement of Arndt's appointment was made yesterday (November 9) on the franchise's website.

Lucasfilm also revealed that producer Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with the writer as the film enters pre-production.

Star Wars: Episode 7, the first film in the franchise to be produced since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, is due to be released in 2015.

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