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J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Have “Assumed Screenwriting Duties” on ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′

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One of the very first 'Star Wars: Episode 7' announcements (minus the announcement that it was actually happening) was that Michael Arndt, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind 'Toy Story 3' and 'Little Miss Sunshine,' would be writing the script.

No longer.

Lucasfilm has confirmed today that Arndt is out and director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan ('The Empire Strikes Back') have "assumed screenwriting duties" on 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'

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Is the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Trailer Coming Next Week?

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A 'Star Wars: Episode 7' trailer this early in the game (filming isn't scheduled to begin until early 2014) might seem strange, but there is some solid speculation that the first teaser trailer could be in theaters with 'Thor 2' and online next week.

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George Lucas is “Constantly” Talking to J.J. Abrams About ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′

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With 'Star Wars: Episode 7' casting starting to heat up and announcements expected before the end of the year, all eyes have turned to director J.J. Abrams, the man in charge of this mission. But, don't think George Lucas is happy to just play golf and have dinner at Olive Garden at 4:30pm throughout his retirement; the man who created it all isn't walking away from the 'Star Wars' franchise so easily.

Lucas' son, Jett, spoke about 'Star Wars: Episode 7' recently and said his father is "constantly" talking to J.J. Abrams about his plans for the upcoming sequel.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ — Saoirse Ronan Talks Her Audition With a Lightsaber

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Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams are currently searching for stars to beef up their highly anticipated 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' 'The Host' star Saoirse Ronan recently confirmed she went in to read for a part, but clarifies that "everyone has auditioned for it." Still, she has now opened up about the process, teasing a small tidbit about a new character.

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‘Warcraft’ May Go Up Against ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ in December 2015

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'Warcraft' is looking to join the fray of 2015's big movies, and has announced a release date of December 18, 2015.That's a bold move as 'Star Wars: Episode 7' has yet to announce their release date yet, but word was that the film was eying a December launch. Might there be a release date war for December 2015 already?

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ — Original Chewbacca Intends to Pursue a Reprisal

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Original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew seemed unlikely to reprise his role in the upcoming 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' given that he only recently underwent double knee-replacement surgery and needs ample time to recuperate. However, the actor is not only hellbent on walking again in a timely fashion, but to also bring back our favorite Wookiee.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Director J.J. Abrams Opens Up About the New Film

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Although fans weren't in as quite an uproar when J.J. Abrams was announced to director 'Star Wars: Episode 7' as, say, when a certain 'Daredevil' took on The Dark Knight, but there was a pocket of die hards doubting whether the 'Star Trek' helmer could carry the next chapter of 'Star Wars.' For those still questioning his abilities, Abrams recently opened up about the next installment.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′: Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo Looking to Join?

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Lucasfilm seems content with leaving us completely in the dark side when it comes to 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' refraining from announcing any castings. However, they haven't stopped the rumors and reports from leaking out as to which stars are looking to join the franchise. Following a report that 'The Host' star Saoirse Ronan was looking to join the new trilogy, the latest word on the street is that two more major stars are wanting in.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Rumor Patrol: Saoirse Ronan Might Be a Sith and Benedict Cumberbatch is Not Out

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Though we're still months away from production, rumors about who's in 'Star Wars: Episode 7' are likely to persist until the movie screens for audiences. The latest round of rumoring is that Saoirse Ronan is up for a role, and that -- contrary to the denials -- Benedict Cumberbatch is very much in the new trilogy.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ — Jonathan Rhys Meyers Denies Rumors, Mark Hamill Starts Training

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Lucasfilm and Disney will soon kick off production on 'Star Wars: Episode 7' for release in 2015. Original players Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are all, without official announcements, reportedly reprising their roles for the affair, but who are some of the new stars taking on this new trilogy? One person it seems it's not is NBC's new 'Dracula,' Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

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