Expectations are naturally high for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone film — not part of the Skywalker saga running through Episodes I through IX — in the Star Wars franchise. But with 12 days before release and the film not yet screened for press, the movie’s director, Gareth Edwards, is satisfied with one rather high-profile early review.
“Two days ago, we got to show George [Lucas] the movie,” Edwards told reporters including CBR during a press conference Sunday at Lucasfilm’s San Francisco headquarters. “I got to speak with him yesterday — I don’t want to put words into his mouth, but I can honestly say that I can die happy now. He really liked the movie, so it meant a lot.”
Lucas created the Star Wars franchise and directed the 1977 original along with all three prequels, but is no longer creatively involved after selling Lucasfilm in 2012. “Rogue One” takes place directly before “A New Hope,” detailing the story of a group of Rebels attempting to steal the Death Star plans.
“No offense to anyone here, but it was the most important review to me,” Edwards told the press. “You guys are important too, but he’s kind of god.”
“I will take that conversation to my grave,” he continued. “It was a real privilege. His opinion means the world to me.”
Last year, Lucas received criticism for less-than-positive comments on 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first Star Wars film made without his involvement. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas jokingly called Disney “white slavers” and said the studio wanted to do a “retro movie” with “Force Awakens.” He then apologized for the white slavers analogy, and stated that “Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is scheduled for release on Dec. 16. Keep reading CBR for more from the film.
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