During the production of Rogue One, George Lucas shared a few words of wisdom with director Gareth Edwards when he visited the film’s set, and Edwards has since revealed the advice he received.
Edwards went on to say that Lucas was “incredibly gracious,” acknowledging how crazy an experience it must have been for him to be shown a Star Wars film created by someone else.
“I think there are two things that are incredibly surreal that you can do in your life. Number two is having to show George Lucas your Star Wars movie. Like, that was really crazy,” he said. “And I think number one is to be George Lucas and have someone show you a Star Wars movie. So I felt for him, and he was incredibly gracious.”
Lucas also poked a bit of fun at himself while giving advice to the Rogue One director, referencing back to his use of a lot of CGI for the prequel films. “He joked a lot about how we should do more in the computer, and not build so much,” Edwards said. “We didn’t take his advice. We tried to shoot as much in-camera as possible.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently confirmed there won’t be a sequel, with Edwards saying the sequel is effectively George Lucas’ original 1977 Star Wars.