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It's official. Kathleen Kennedy confirms that Michael Arndt is the new writer for "Star Wars: Episode VII." She was celebrating the AFI Fest closing night world premiere of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Thursday, along with Disney chairman Robert Iger, who when pressed, admitted that he wouldn't have paid $4.05 billion for Lucasfilm if he didn't think Disney, Lucasfilm and Kennedy couldn't turn out the best "Star Wars" film ever made. Update: Lucasfilm is taking its news direct to fans; Kennedy and George Lucas talk about the new "Star Wars" on the Lucasfilm video below. Well, if they're setting their sights that high--remember, this is the same studio that wrote off $200 million on "John Carter" and has allowed Gore Verbinski to spend like a drunken sailor on "The Lone Ranger"--Michael Arndt ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire") is the way to go. One of the most tantalizing bits of information »

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