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Latimes.com reports that Michael Arndt has stepped down as scribe for the much anticipated “Star Wars Episode 7”. Losing the Oscar-winning scribe will now make way for director J.J. Abrams along with fellow writer Lawrence Kasdan to pen the script. Kasdan, already familiar with the project has been serving as a consultant on the development of the film.

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are taking over screenwriting duties

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are taking over screenwriting duties

Kasdan is an experienced screenwriter who has worked with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas before. He is better known for his screenplay for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and he also served as a co-screenwriter for “Star Wars” films “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”.

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.”

Arndt, who was hired in 2012 to work on the script for the new “Star Wars” was already onboard before Lufasfilm was bought by Disney.

Kennedy adds:

“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,”

The trilogy spinoff movies is rumored to center around young Han Solo and Boba Fett.

The trilogy spinoff movies is rumored to center around young Han Solo and Boba Fett.

“Star Wars Episode 7” is planned as the first installment of a new trilogy. The film is set to be released in the summer of 2015. “Star Wars Episode 8” will follow in 2017 and “Star Wars Episode 9” in 2019. Star Wars fans can also prepare themselves for the planned spin-off movies that will focus on the “origin stories”. No official storylines have been released, GeekShizzle will keep you posted.