Hollywood scribe Michael Arndt, who is known for his screenplay for Toy Story 3, will write the next installment in the Star Wars series, Lucasfilm has confirmed.
Arndt won an Oscar for best original screenplay for the 2006 comedy Little Miss Sunshine.
Toy Story 3 was nominated for best adapted screenplay in 2010.
He has also co-written the second film in the Hunger Games trilogy.
According to the Hollywod Reporter, the latest Star Wars story will focus on a new generation of heroes, the BBC reported.
However, there could be appearances by actors Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in older incarnations of their characters - Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia - from the original Star Wars trilogy.
Harrison Ford, who played space smuggler Han Solo, is also reported to be interested in reprising his role.