Well, if they're setting their sights that high--remember, this is the same studio that wrote off $200 million on "John Carter" and has allowed Gore Verbinski to spend like a drunken sailor on "The Lone Ranger"--Michael Arndt ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire") is the way to go. One of the most tantalizing bits of information from the Lucasfilm conference call with Iger was the existence of a 40-page treatment for the next three "Star Wars" episodes. I assumed Lucas himself had written this. It turns out it was Arndt. That's why he had the inside shot on writing the script, which could lure a top director (say, Kennedy/Lucas collaborator Spielberg, as opposed to J.J. Abrams, who has taken himself out of the running, or the rumored Matthew Vaughn) as well as Episodes IV, V and VI stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
Iger was fast to point out that Arndt was a Disney writer--he wrote Pixar's Oscar-nominated "Toy Story 3." (My "TS3" interview with brainy scribe Arndt is here; he talked about "Little Miss Sunshine" here.) Arndt is also a huge "Star Wars" nerd who has analyzed the series inside and out for clues to its success. May the Force be with him.