Ever since George Lucas retired from Lucasfilm after Disney’s acquisition of the company, the mastermind behind Star Wars has been keeping close tabs on the new film’s production. Although Lucas will not be directly working on the film, he will still be somewhat of a creative consultant on Episode VII. Apparently, Lucas wants to let go of Star Wars, but it’s difficult for him to give up the “galaxy far, far away.”
In an interview with Flicks and the City, George Lucas’ son, Jett, updates the outlet on the progress of the new Star Wars sequel trilogy, and about George Lucas’ relationship with J.J. Abrams. Jett Lucas tells Flicks and the City, “He’s constantly talking to J.J.. Obviously J.J. was handpicked. He [Lucas] is there to guide, whenever, he’ll help where he can. At the same time, he wants to let it go and become its new generation.
Another very interesting tidbit: apparently Lucas was already writing Episode VII before the Disney buyout last October. If Disney hadn’t acquired Lucasfilm, Lucas might be prepping a new Star Wars himself right now. Jett continues:
We knew probably a year prior (to the purchase) he had started writing and researching, starting his whole little process. About a year later was when the idea of selling to Disney came up…It’s nice because he’s happiest when he’s writing and doing something with his time.
Jett also adds that Lucas was somewhat hesitant to sell Lucasfilm and Star Wars to Disney, because it has been with him for so long. Keep in mind, Lucas has been working on Star Wars since the late ’70s. Jett adds,
“I knew that he was very torn on the matter, he was like a kid who had turned 18 and was ready to leave the house. Every parent has wanted to let their children go but they want to hold on to you.”
You can watch the entire interview with Jett Lucas at the bottom of this post. It’s a pretty interesting video. For someone who is 20 years old, Jett Lucas comes off as very professional and informative. You might remember Jett Lucas from Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He made minor appearances in those films as young Jedi Padawan named Zett Jukassa.
Elsewhere in Episode VII casting and auditioning rumors, Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) has denied that he auditioned for the new film. During an interview with Total Film, the Academy Award-winning actor jokingly admitted that he had no idea that he was up for a role in Star Wars. Apparently, according to Saoirse Ronan, everyone is auditioning for director J.J. Abrams, except Ben Kingsley. Kingsley said, “Oh, what a shame that I wasn’t awake during the audition. It’s passed me by entirely…I have no recollection of it whatsoever! I do apologize to the producers and director, but I’m afraid that I have no recall of this.
While Ben Kingsley would be a strong choice for Episode VII if he was being considered, actress Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) also confirmed that she has not auditioned for the film either, despite rumors that suggested that she went on two auditions in the span of three days. Moretz’s name was being tossed around when director Matthew Vaughn was in the running for the Episode VII director’s job, before J.J. Abrams eventually took the position. Moretz explains, “No, no rumors I don’t know how they get started. But it would be great to be a part of it. I don’t think Disney doesn’t know what’s really going to happen. I don’t even think they cast the [principal] roles yet.”
Chloë Grace Moretz is right, Star Wars: Episode VII has yet to be officially cast, but the list of people who are rumored to have auditioned, or to be in consideration for a role, seems to grown every day. So far, the only solid info about the film’s production is about the behind-the-camera side, with director J.J. Abrams, cinematographer Dan Mindel, and screenwriter Michael Arndt attached to the project.
Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters everywhere sometime in 2015.