‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ may still a week-and-a-half away but it doesn’t mean some people haven’t seen it already – such as ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas, for example.
During this weekend’s ‘Rogue One’ press conference, director Gareth Edwards and his star studded cast were on hand to answer questions and discuss the upcoming movie without giving too much (if anything, for that matter) away.
Director Edwards actually revealed that Lucas himself has already viewed the finished movie, which is due out here in the UK on 15 December, and was happy to share his (obviously) unbiased thoughts on it.
According to Screen Rant, Edwards shared what Lucas thought and, thankfully, it was all positive.
“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.”
Clearly it’s important to get the franchise’s creator to approve of this instalment, considering it’s the first spin-off movie to actually get a cinema release alongside the established Episodes one to seven that have hit screens over the past 40 or so years.
There’s obviously a chance Lucas is, in the interests of self preservation, agreeing that he enjoyed the movie but then the probability is he actually did just love it and had a great two hours. And let’s be frank, even if it wasn’t that great it probably seemed much better compared to the mediocre prequels he directed not too long ago.
With ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ netting just over $2 billion after its December 2015 release, the buzz around ‘Rogue One’ amassing similar numbers is certainly in discussion. Whether it will be able to demand the sort of box office clout ‘The Force Awakens’ did, considering that was the long-awaited Episode VII and not a newer spin-off story, remains to be seen. But as movies like ‘Jurassic World’ proved, we should underestimate the enormous potential a movie has based on its preexisting franchise and audience.
‘Rogue One’ stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, and Diego Luna, as well as franchise favourites Warwick Davis and James Earl Jones, and is set just after ‘A New Hope’.
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is in UK cinemas on 15 December.