In the lead up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, George Lucas has been candid about his lack of involvement, leading some fans to believe he wasn’t fully on-board with Disney’s forthcoming installment. However, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Lucas has seen the film and “really liked it.” What’s more, he’ll be in attendance for the film’s premiere in Los Angeles and London.
Lucas has said he sold the franchise to Disney in 2012 because he was no longer interested in making blockbuster movies. Nevertheless, he did end up submitting ideas for the film, but “ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans.'” He added, “People don’t actually realize it’s actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems — it’s not about spaceships. So they decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, ‘fine. … I’ll go my way and I let them go their way.'”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th. Below, watch a clip from a recent episode of Rock it Out! Blog in which the panel debates whether the Star Wars hype will ever die.