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Wednesday Video Spotlight: Disney characters try out for "Star Wars"

by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 14, 2012
Actors Tobey Maguire, left, and Kirsten Dunst, right, stand with writer Michael Arndt as he poses with the Oscar he won for best original screenplay for his work on "Little Miss Sunshine" at the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP file)
Actors Tobey Maguire, left, and Kirsten Dunst, right, stand with writer Michael Arndt as he poses with the Oscar he won for best original screenplay for his work on "Little Miss Sunshine" at the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP file)

As pre-production on “Star Wars: Episode VII” begins, we’re already seeing synergy between Lucasfilm and its new parent company, Walt Disney Co.

Last week, Lucasfilm confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new “Star Wars” film, due out in 2015.

The franchise’s creator and Lucasfilm founder George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, who will serve as executive producer on new “Star Wars” features, have begun story conferences with Arndt, according to StarWars.com.

Arndt won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), and more recently he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing “Toy Story 3,” the 2010 Pixar animated juggernaut. Like Lucasfilm, Pixar is owned by Disney.

In that vein, Screen Junkies speculate in this video what other members of the Disney family get involved in “Star Wars”:

-BAM

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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