21 November 2012 8:08 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Following up on Michael Arndt getting the cushy gig of penning “Star Wars: Episode 7″ for Disney, the studio has now locked in two more writers, Lawrence Kasdan (left) and Simon Kinberg for another episode of the space saga. The thing is, no one knows if they’re writing “Star Wars: Episode 8″ or “Episode 9″ (or hell, even possibly both). Of the two, the name Lawrence Kasdan should get “Star Wars” fans the most excited, as he was the one responsible for writing “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”, the second in the series (and fifth in overall franchise chronology). “The Empire Strikes Back” is generally considered (and I completely agree) to be the best in the series. But Kasdan also had a hand in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”, generally considered to be a weak entry, so there’s that, too. Kasdan’s would-be partner, young buck Simon Kinberg »

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