George Lucas’ Son Refutes Star Trek Actor Rumor, Says His Father Is “Constantly Talking” To J.J. Abrams About Star Wars

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Although George Lucas is technically retiring from most of his duties at LucasFilm, that doesn’t mean he’s done with Star Wars. Far from it. Lucas’ son was interviewed recently and gave us an idea of just how involved his father is with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.

Jett Lucas spoke with Flicks and the City about the new trilogy and revealed some interesting things. One being Lucas was already working on the new films before the Disney buy-out.

“We knew probably a year prior [to the purchase] he had started writing and kind of researching and starting his whole little process,” the younger Lucas told them. “About halfway through that process is when the idea of selling to Disney came up. And so that, once those two collided, that’s when he kinda sat down and said, ‘Ok, I’m gonna [write more Star Wars].’ But he just kind of mentioned it off-handedly, like it wasn’t a big deal….he’s happiest when he’s writing and doing something with his time.”

But what about right now? “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.”

There’s also this small tidbit which also shows how elder Lucas is still holding onto his baby. “If anyone could convince me, it’s J.J.” said Lucas when asked about acting in the films. “He’s a terrifically animated person and he’s extremely talented and between him and the guidelines my dad have set, I have no doubt that the next three movies are gonna be great.”

But the interviewer also asked Lucas to address a few of the rumors going around the internet. He said he hadn’t been keeping a close eye on things but he did bring up that one about Benedict Cumberbatch. He said, “There’s been like, rumors of, which I thought were pretty crazy, like some of the actors from Star Trek were gonna play in Star Wars, which I know would never happen,” and added, “I think that would be the beginning of the apocalypse, too, if you were to cross Star Trek with Star Wars. I think that’s a dangerous combination.”

(via Collider)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."