As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, 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).Arndt is quite the prize, as he is not only an Oscar winner (Little Miss Sunshine), but also a huge fan of Star Wars. But then again, who isn't? His admiration for the original trilogy usually spills over into his lectures on screenplays, referring to the Return of the Jedi's ending as "Masterful." May the force be with him.