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By MICHAEL FOSSBAKK, Guest Writer

In an exciting and unexpected turn of events for fans of George Lucas’ epic Star Wars saga, Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion.

To add to the excitement, Disney has announced that a new Star Wars film, tentatively titled “Episode 7,” is in production and slated for release in 2015.

The movie is the first part of a new trilogy of films that follows the events of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia after “Return of the Jedi.” Disney also plans to release a new Star Wars film every two to three years beyond the new trilogy.

Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm, will serve as creative consultant during the production of the films.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

Lucas will be stepping down from his role and passing his responsibilities onto Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm.