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'Empire Strikes Back', 'X-Men' writers to pen new 'Star Wars' movies?

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The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan and Sherlock Holmes scribe Simon Kinberg are reportedly wanted to pen future Star Wars movies.

According to Deadline, Lucasfilm has approached the two men with regards to working on Star Wars Episode VIII and Episode IX.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt was previously confirmed to be penning the screenplay for Episode VII, which was only announced last month after Disney bought the George Lucas-founded company.

Kasdan is best known for writing two previous films in the franchise - 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and the 1983 follow-up Return of the Jedi. He has also worked with Lucas while scripting Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Kinberg penned the screenplay for Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes as well as writing X-Men: The Last Stand, This Means War and Mr and Mrs Smith.

The Empire Strikes Back production team from left to right: director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, George Lucas and writer Lawrence Kasdan.

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[Pictured above from left to right: 'Empire Strikes Back' director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, George Lucas and writer Lawrence Kasdan]

Star Wars Episode VII has allegedly narrowed down the field of potential directors to just two.

Kick-Ass's Matthew Vaughn, Captain America's Joe Johnston and Safety Not Guaranteed's Colin Trevorrow are among the directors who have been linked to the job.

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