George Lucas Endorses ‘Star Wars’ Project Amid Franchise Return Rumor

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George Lucas stands next to a person in a Darth Vader costume, with another individual in a Boba Fett outfit visible in the background, at a Star Wars franchise return rumor event.

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It’s been over a decade since ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company, but we finally know which project is his favorite since letting go of the franchise.

Lucas famously served as the executive producer for the original trilogy and prequel trilogy, as well as writing five installments and directing four. However, he hasn’t always been positive about handing over the reins of Star Wars to Disney.

George Lucas and Mark Hamill on the set of 'Star Wars'
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Shortly after the release of Disney’s first project in a galaxy far, far awayStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Lucas revealed that creative differences had emerged between him and Disney during the film’s production, where he initially served as a consultant.

“They wanted to do a retro movie,” the Star Wars legend said in a PBS interview. “I don’t like that. They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble because they’re not going to do what I want them to do.”

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' poster featuring the entire cast
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He added: “I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.”

It was subsequently assumed that Lucas wasn’t the biggest fan of the sequel trilogy (neither were plenty of fans, with the last installment, Star Wars: Episode IX – Rise of Skywalker (2019), drawing particular ire). However, it’s now been revealed that Lucas isn’t totally against Disney’s work in the sandbox he created.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) smirking in desert wear on Tatooine
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In a recent appearance on the Full of Sith podcast, Pablo Hidalgo – a Lucasfilm creative executive who has been dubbed the studio’s “Star Wars lore advisor” – confirmed that George Lucas is a big fan of the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“Early on there was a conversation had with George [Lucas] over what his thoughts were, and whether or not, honestly, he bought the whole concept, and he was one hundred percent supportive,” Hidalgo said. “And I’ve heard tell it’s one of his favorite things that’s come out of Star Wars.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi glowing by the blue light of his lightsaber
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Obi-Wan Kenobi picked up where Lucas’ last Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), left off. The former Jedi (once again played by Ewan McGregor) is tasked with protecting a young Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) while facing a reunion with his former Padawan, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), who is now Darth Vader.

This is only the third time a Disney Star Wars project has received the public stamp of approval from Lucas. He previously commented that he thought Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) was “beautifully made.” According to Tony Gilroy – who rewrote the script for Rogue One (2016) – he was also a fan of the standalone Star Wars film.

The cast of 'Rogue One' in the official movie poster
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“George Lucas called me after Rogue, I had a 45-minute conversation with him after he saw Rogue, and that’s the only time I’ve ever spoken to him,” Gilroy told Deadline. “He loved it. He really did. He had a lot of things to say that I… It was like a call from the president.”

This latest rare endorsement from Lucas comes amid rumors that he could, in fact, return to the Star Wars franchise.

Last month, Roger Christian – who won an Academy Award for his work as a set director on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and also worked as a second unit director alongside Lucas on Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)confirmed that he’d heard Lucas is returning for a brand-new Star Wars project.

Bob Iger and George Lucas offically signing for Disney acquiring Lucasfilm (Star Wars)

“I think he’s coming back, you know, I’m pretty sure now that he’s doing a series,” he told YouTuber Star Wars Theory. “I think that they’re now bringing him into the fold. From what I hear, ’cause there’s a Star Wars live-action series coming.”

Exciting though this rumor may be, we’d take it with a grain of salt. Lucas has previously made it very clear that he’s done with Star Wars and defined it as a “breakup.” While he admitted he has more stories left to tell, he added, “I am 70. And I don’t know whether I’ll be here when I’m 80. You know, every 10 years, the odds get less.”

Now that he’s 79 years old, the odds of Lucas jumping back into the Star Wars universe seem extremely slim. however, considering that we live in a world where Darth Jar-Jar is officially a thing, anything can happen.

What’s your favorite Disney Star Wars project? Let us know in the comments!

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