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New panelists announced for the Austin Film Festival

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

Get all of your “Star Wars Episode VII” questions ready.

The Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference announced a few new panelists Tuesday, along already confirmed speakers such as Matthew Weiner, Jim Sheridan, Michelle Ashford, Whit Stillman, and Neil LaBute. The newly added are:

Lawrence Kasdan, writer on “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark ” and writer/director of “The Big Chill,” the still-weirdly underrated “Body Heat” and others.

John Patrick Shanley, writer/director of “Doubt” and writer on “Moonstruck,” “The January Man,” “Congo,” “Burlesque” and “Joe Versus the Volcano”

Randall Wallace, writer on “Braveheart” and “Pearl Harbor” writer/director of “Heaven Is For Real,” “Secretariat”

Sundance Labs Director Ilysse McKimmie

Oren Uziel, writer on “22 Jump Street”

The Austin Film Festival takes place Oct. 23 to 30.