By Mark Worgan On November 21, 2012

'Empire Strikes Back' Writer Set To Pen New 'Star Wars' Film

Lawrence Kasdan reportedly approached by Disney

After some initial scepticism, 'Star Wars' fans must now be licking their lips at the prospect of the new trilogy, as the man who wrote arguably the best 'Star Wars' film of them all, 'The Empire Strikes Back' has reportedly been approached to write the second film in the new trilogy.

Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 'Empire', as well as 'Return of the Jedi and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' for George Lucas and later Steven Spielberg.

According to Deadline, new 'Star Wars' owner Disney are keen to add to their signing of Michael Arndt for Episode VII, and have reportedly asked Kasdan and 'X-Men: First Class' writer Simon Kinberg to pen Episodes VIII and IX.

Kinberg also wrote Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'.

Lucas has stepped away from the franchise for the next three installments, which are set to be set after the original trilogy.

Original cast Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher could be set for a return in the latest installments in the space opera after expressing an interest in involvement. The first new movie is set for release in 2015.

 PHOTOS: The original 'Star Wars' trilogy

Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia Organa) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) aka Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (WENN)

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