Disney is moving quickly to get Star Wars Episode VII into shape for its 2015 release, and with that, Michael Arndt has been signed to write the script.
Arndt isn’t a household name, but he won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine, and has since gone on to be nominated for the 2010 Best Adapted Screenplay for Toy Story 3. His upcoming projects include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Oblivion and several more. Arndt is said to have already turned in a 50 page treatment for the film and will now be taking it to a full script.
No director has been signed as of yet, but lots of big names are being thrown around.
Possibly the craziest rumors right now is that we will see Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford return respectively as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. All three are said to have expressed interest in at least making cameo appearances, but there is no official word yet as to if this will indeed occur. There are definitely some ways they could be worked in some small ways such as hologram recordings of their later years being viewed by their adult children, or being enshrined as heroes of the Galactic Civil War. Their involvement doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the focus of the story.
I still have some trepidation about where this is going, but there is no way I can fool myself into thinking I won’t see it.