Regardless of how you feel about the prequels or the special additions of the original trilogy, you can't detract from the fact that George Lucas created arguably the most popular science fiction franchise of all time. That being said, Star Wars fans across the galaxy should take great comfort in knowing that Lucas has nothing but kind words to say about the latest addition to the saga, The Last Jedi.
After attending a screening of the film, Lucas said he thought it was "beautifully made," his rep Connie Wethington told The Hollywood Reporter. "And in speaking with director Rian Johnson after viewing was complimentary," she then added.
Lucas isn't alone in his enjoyment of the film. Those lucky enough to get an early look at The Last Jedi have showered the space opera with near-universal praise, with some going as far as to call it the best Star Wars film to date. On top of that, The Last Jedi is currently Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, boasting an impressive 93% rating on the review aggregate website.
While the early reactions to The Last Jedi certainly bode well for director Rian Johnson, they aren't that surprising, given recent events. Over one month before the official world premiere, Lucasfilm announced that Johnson would creatively oversee a new trilogy of Star Wars films, with the press release noting that "As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud."
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. The film opens nationwide on Dec. 15.