George Lucas still gets to have his say on ‘Star Wars’

The legendary director still gets to make his voice heard, despite being retired

Despite being retired, George Lucas still gets to have his say on Star Wars.

The director created the iconic sci-fi franchise in 1977, but sold his company to Disney in 2012 for $4 billion. 

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed that Lucas’ input mainly concerns the Jedi. “He’ll whisper in my ear every now and then,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.”

She added that finally Lucas is beginning to let go of the franchise, but she understands why it’s taken him some time to get to that point.

“I think he’s starting to settle into this and just be a fan,” Kennedy said. “It’s taken a while. It’s hard to let go, after 40 years. That’s a lot of expectation and things he thought a lot about. Suddenly that next generation, that whole thematic idea he came up with, is in process.”

Earlier this week, director Rian Johnson has confirmed that the mystery of Rey’s parents will finally be settled in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Since first appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the uncertainty surrounding the background of Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, has spawned countless fan theories and predictions about how it could potentially shape future films in the iconic sci-fi franchise.

Now, Johnson has confirmed that the question of her identity and lineage will be settled in the next film – and teased that it will play an integral role in the future of Star Wars.

“To me, it’s important insofar as it’s important to her. And I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this?”, he told Entertainment Weekly.