Gareth Edwards Says George Lucas Really Liked Rogue One

Monday, 05 December 2016 - 4:17PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Monday, 05 December 2016 - 4:17PM
Gareth Edwards Says George Lucas Really Liked Rogue One
We recently reported that George Lucas, the deposed Ruler of a Galaxy Far, Far Away, dropped by the Rogue One set to have the most awkward and tension-filled tour imaginable, culminating in Lucas joking that Edwards and the team (who have reaffirmed the old Star Wars legacy of using primarily practical effects) should use 'more computers' and not build so much.

Hilarious, George. We're dying over here.

But the highlight of Lucas visiting the set was Edwards showing him a screening of Rogue One. As we reported in the article above, this is how Edwards summed up the feeling:

Opening quote
"I think there are two things that are incredibly surreal that you can do in your life. Number two is having to show George Lucas your Star Wars movie. Like, that was really crazy. And I think number one is to be George Lucas and have someone show you a Star Wars movie. So I felt for him, and he was incredibly gracious."
Closing quote


"Gracious" is about the most polite and tactful way you can describe an interaction between the exiled father of Star Wars and the young, next-generation filmmaker attempting to salvage Lucas' legacy after his own hubris brought it to ultimate ruin. It's understandable that there was some ambiguity as to whether Lucas actually liked the movie, or whether he was too consumed in regret, sadness, and bitterness to do anything but nod wistfully and walk out of the theater while Johnny Cash's melancholy cover of Hurt played faintly in the distance.

Well, now we can throw out all the speculation:



Now, we could side with the unrelenting cynics that'll quip that the approval of the director and writer who produced the Star Wars prequels ("I don't like sand...") doesn't mean much, or that it could even be a bad thing, as if Lucas is sort of like a Bizarro Superman. Instead, we're going to raise a toast to Gareth Edwards and the whole Rogue One team—congrats on writing the next chapter of Star Wars history and hearing your childhood hero, the man who brought the whole Star Wars universe to life, give you the equivalent of Han Solo's "Great shot kid, that was one in a million!"

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits US theaters on December 16th, 2016.
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