Now that Michael Arndt has been announced as the screenwriter for Star Wars: Episode VII, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are already bringing talent on board for the next two films as well.
Deadline reports that Disney and Lucasfilm have approached Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to start work on the subsequent installments that were mapped out by George Lucas.
Kasdan worked on the scripts for two of the original “Star Wars” films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark. Kinberg’s credits include X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit tweeted the following:
Here’s what I’m hearing on the Star Wars writers: not courting but that deals are closed. And they will also be producers. #StarWars
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) November 21, 2012