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Star Wars: Lucasfilm President Doubts George Lucas Could Be Lured Back

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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy doesn't think Star Wars creator George Lucas could be talked into returning to the franchise he launched in 1977.

"I doubt it," Kennedy told Rolling Stone when asked hypothetically if Lucas could be lured back to Star Wars. "But listen, I think that would be fantastic, if he would be interested in doing that again. But I doubt it. He’s loving doing his museum [Los Angeles’ the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art] right now. That’s a huge project, which is going to be absolutely fantastic. It’s a narrative museum, so it really keeps him engaged in storytelling. I think he’s loving that and he’s loving his little girl [six-year-old daughter Everest]. So he’s pretty fulfilled."

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Kennedy also mentioned that, although Lucas had had some trouble letting go of the franchise with The Force Awakens, he was delighted when he saw the set of The Mandalorian (which borrows heavily from his planned Underworld project).

Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, the next Star Wars film -- The Rise of Skywalker -- stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.

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