Star Wars creator George Lucas has reportedly watched the yet-to-be-released new edition to the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Lucas recently revealed that he hadn’t seen the film, comparing his lack of involvement in the project to a “divorce”.
However, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas has finally seen the film and apparently “really liked it”.
Kennedy added to The Hollywood Reporter that “watching this go on without his direct involvement” was “tough” for Lucas. “At the same time, he really wanted to step away,” she continued.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned about George is it’s that he’s never, ever held back. Having him 100 percent on board is up to him and he can’t do that unless he’s running everything,” Kennedy said.
Lucas recently said that his continued involvement in the Star Wars franchise would have led him to “muck everything up”.
“I call it like a divorce,” Lucas said. “There is no such thing as working over someone’s shoulder. You’re either the dictator or you’re not. And to do that would never work, so I said ‘I’m going to get divorced’… I knew that I couldn’t be involved. All I’d do is make them miserable. I’d make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision — [director JJ Abrams] has a vision, and it’s his vision.”
Meanwhile, Harrison Ford recently confirmed that he’s seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and called it a “real big movie”.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in the UK on Thursday December 17, a day earlier than in the US.
The story takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.