Today at the press conference for the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Gareth Edwards revealed that two days ago he was privileged to screen the feature to the creator of Star Wars himself, George Lucas.
Edwards told reporters:
“Two days ago, we got to show George the movie. 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.”
Critics were screened 28 minutes of footage from the film on Friday night to which they responded with glowingly positive reactions. It came as a major relief for Edwards. But having Lucas pleased with the result of the first standalone Star Wars feature is relief on another level. Edwards added:
“No offense to anyone here, but it was the most important review to me. You guys are important too, but he’s kind of god. I will take that conversation to my grave. It was a real privilege. His opinion means the world to me.”
To grow up inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy to become a filmmaker himself, one can only imagine how incredible Edwards must feel to have crafted a Star Wars film. Edwards recently described a set visit from Lucas — noting the creator joked about the production having built too many sets rather than using green screen — but nothing can compare to just how nerve-wracking it would be knowing that one day you would have to sit down and show George Lucas a Star Wars film he wasn’t involved with.
Lucas has yet to directly comment on the film to the press and chances are he won’t. The creator was crticized for his rather harsh and unprofessional words towards Disney last year, calling them “white slavers” but there’s still a chance he could appear at the premiere for Rogue One in Los Angeles on December 10th.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.
Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Gareth Edwards.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.