George Lucas is at it again!
When Star Wars creator George Lucas sold his space opera franchise to The Walt Disney Company in 2012, Star Wars fans weren’t sure exactly what would happen to beloved characters like Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy proved to be divisive, with many moviegoers unhappy with the fates of the original trilogy’s core trio and the general lack of direction the three films — Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Episode IX – The Rise of Skwyalker (2019) — seemed to have.
American Graffiti (1973) director Lucas has publicly acknowledged that he expected to have more say in the Star Wars sequels — which were directed by JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, and Abrams again — and in the development of new characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
Lucas has also shared that he had already begun writing his own sequel trilogy, which would have seen Princess Leia emerge as the “Chosen One” and would have had Darth Maul’s apprentice, Darth Talon, as its villain.
In recent years, rumors of Lucas’s official return to the Star Wars universe have swirled online. These intensified after he was seen on the set of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, and IMDb included his name on the writing credits for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) prequel show, Andor (2022).