The verdict isn’t directly from Star Wars creator George Lucas, but from a phone call between him and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, according to sources at Movieweb.
Disney recently held a press conference for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story where Edwards said Lucas liked the movie. Here’s what Edwards said:
“Two days ago we got to show George the movie, and we all had a phone call and I got to speak with him yesterday, and 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. It meant a lot. To be honest, and no offense to anyone here, it was the most important review to me. You know, you guys are important too, but he’s kind of god… I will take that conversation to my grave. His opinion means the world to me.”
Lucas had a tepid response to last year’s The Force Awakens, saying he would rather the story not gone so “retro”. Lucas himself submitted a screenplay for The Force Awakens, but Disney took a pass. Understandable considering many die hard Star Wars fans thought Lucas’ prequels subpar at best.
Rogue One centers around a battalion of Rebels led by Jyn Erso. Their plan: steal the blueprints for the Death Star. Events in this movie take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It is the first Star Wars movie outside of the Skywalker storyline.
The movie stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, and James Earl Jones returning to voice Darth Vader.
With a screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, Rogue One A Star Wars Story will hit theaters December 16, 2016. Tickets are available now.