George Lucas Intrigued by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer
George Lucas has seen the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He then commented that it was “intriguing.” Read on for further details.
George Lucas has kept his cool and distance since the sale of “Star Wars” franchise to Disney went through, saying that he was “not really” interested how new “Star Wars” helmer J. J. Abrams handled the next chapter. However, thanks to Thanksgiving weekend teaser release, the iconic “Star Wars” creator has seen the trailer in the theaters.
“I saw the trailer, I saw it in a theater because I don’t watch movies online,” Lucas told Page Six. When asked by Page Six of what he thought of it, Lucas reportedly smiled and said, “Yeah, it was intriguing.” Lucas’ latest project is the Disney animated pic “Strange Magic.”
“Strange Magic” is a fairy tale and a musical film inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It narrates the story of fairies, elves, imps and goblins. Gary Rydstrom will direct the film from the story written by George Lucas. Touchstone Pictures will release “Strange Magic” on Jan. 23, 2015.
“Strange Magic” is directed by Gary Rydstrom and written by himself, David Berenbaum and Irene Mecchi, from a story by Lucas, inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The film’s score includes popular new versions of pop songs by the cast, such as “Love Is Strange,” “Straight On,” “Stronger,” “Mistreated,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Say Hey (I Love You)” — all chosen for the film by Lucas.
Set approximately 30 years after the events of the previous film, “Return of the Jedi,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” revolves around a trio of new young leads, along with the characters from the previous installments. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Chong, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Miltos Yerolemou, Greg Grunberg and Warwick Davis. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will reprise their roles from the classic trilogy as Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, C3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 respectively.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed, written and produced by J. J. Abrams. He is joined by fellow “Star Wars” writer Lawrence Kasdan, who also co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” from a story by George Lucas. It is co-produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk, Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions, to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for a Dec. 18, 2015 release date.
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