LucasFilm has confirmed through the official ‘Star Wars’ website – appropriately titled StarWars.Com – that the award-winning writer Michael Arndt will pen the screenplay for the new ‘Star Wars’ film, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing ‘Toy Story 3′ (2010). The Pixar favourite also wrote both ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and the Tom Cruise-starring ‘Oblivion,’ which are currently shooting.

Yesterday it was reported that Michael Arndt has written a 40 to 50 page treatment for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ which begins shooting in 2014. While LucasFilm and Disney have confirmed Arndt’s involvement with the film, it hasn’t been confirmed that the studio want to bring back the three central characters of the original ‘Star Wars’: a much older Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. It was reported along with the news of Arndt’s involvement that the studio has high ambitions to sign up Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford to return to their respective roles. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is slated for a 2015 release. Expect more news soon.