Though Disney has decided to move forward with the Star Wars franchise without George Lucas, that doesn’t mean that he’s been completely shunned by Lucasfilm. As it turns out, Lucas pretty much gets to hang around on set as much as he wants to, and he has actually helped direct a scene in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours. There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this.’ It actually is a funny little bit that will probably get a laugh. And Ron happened to be by the monitor and not inside the Falcon and he goes, ‘Oh that’s a great idea,’ and ran in and said, ‘George wants us to do this.’ So that was pretty cool. I think George felt pretty great about that. He could revisit these characters, and I think he felt so comfortable, obviously with Ron being there, that it was just fun for him.”
I have to hand it to Lucas, even if the dialogue of the prequels were terrible, he still had an eye for visuals, and he pushed the boundaries of VFX in a way that was never attempted before. You may marvel at the magic that brought LOTR’s Gollum to life, but Jar Jar Binks did mo-cap first—and don’t you forget it.
Personally, if I wanted Lucas to be involved more, I think he would do better as a producer, then again Kathleen Kennedy has proven herself time and again to be the secret to Lucasfilm’s success. I guess I just don’t want to see Lucas totally shunned by his franchise. Sure he’s not perfect, but he was the guy who started it all. That merits him something, I guess.
Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out May 25.