star wars lawrence kasdan simon kinberg 'Star Wars' update: Writers chosen for 'Episodes VIII' and 'IX'

The force is strong with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. The two screenwriters have been tapped to both write and produce “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Episode IX,” though it hasn’t yet been determined which will tackle which film.

The news hasn’t been officially confirmed by Disney yet, but The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the two writers will be involved in the “Star Wars” series going forward. This comes after the news that “Toy Story” scribe Michael Arndt is writing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which is due out in 2015.

This is something of a homecoming for Kasdan, who is no stranger to the Lucasfilm universe. Kasdan co-wrote “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” wrote “Star Wars: Episode VI — The Return of the Jedi” and is also responsible for giving us the gift that is “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” For his part, Kinberg is co-writing “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and wrote a number of other recent movies including “Sherlock Holmes” (the Robert Downey Jr. film).

So, now that the writers are in place, just how long do we have to wait to find out who will direct these films? Or, you know, what they are about? Let us know what you are most desperate to learn about the upcoming “Star Wars” trilogy.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz