Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards Reveals “Surreal” George Lucas Set Visit

Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm
Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

Making a Star Wars movie would be a dream job for a lot of people. But imagine what it would be like when George Lucas, the man responsible for bringing the space opera to a grateful galaxy, actually stepped foot on your set?

That was the scenario that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards found himself in. “I challenge anyone to have a more surreal experience than showing a Star Wars film to George Lucas,” he told thousands of fans gathered at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

“He’d criticize things, but then we’d realize he was joking. But we’d all be having heart attacks.”

Edwards is responsible for the first ever Star Wars spin-off movie, and he was speaking Friday (July 15) while on a panel with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy and the main Rogue One cast.

The director, who is currently best known for 2014’s Godzilla, also went into starstruck mode when another Star Wars legend visited the set. Edwards revealed that Luke Skywalker himself, aka actor Mark Hamill, decided to rock up in a Godzilla t-shirt, of all things.

“I don’t know what I said to him. I was trying to be articulate, but all I could really think was, ‘Please Lord someone be taking a photo of this.’ ”

A new poster was unveiled during the panel, and it shows rebels and stormtroopers fighting in the shadow of the Death Star:

A featurette, or “sizzle reel” was shown and livestreamed, giving fans a look at brief clips from the movie and behind-the-scenes footage.

The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker.

If that has got you excited, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16. Check out the sizzle reel below.