When George Lucas created the Star Wars franchise, he could only dream about what a galaxy far, far away would become. Now, over 40 years after Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) hit movie theaters, Star Wars fans still look to the Skywalker Saga’s iconic characters for inspiration, courage, and, appropriately, hope in even the toughest times of their own lives.
Now, Disney is hoping to lift another character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) to that same status. As the prequel series Andor is set to debut on Disney+ in 2022 and will showcase Rebel spy Cassian Andor’s adventures about five years before he met his Rogue One crew.
In an intriguing turn of events, it seems that George Lucas will be returning to Star Wars in a meaningful way with Andor. IMDb (via Inside the Magic) has confirmed that the man who created a galaxy far, far away is the writer for two episodes of the upcoming streaming show. Lucas was last heavily involved with the Star Wars universe when he worked with Dave Filoni — who is now executive producer of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian — on the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
After selling the brand to Disney, Lucas had some hard feelings about the direction the House of Mouse was taking. In a candid interview on Us television, the award-winning filmmaker also criticized the “retro” tone of the new episode, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with which he had no creative involvement. He later apologized for using what he now calls “very inappropriate analogy” after he described Disney as “white slavers” in that same interview when talking about its purchase of the film franchise from him.
Looks like everyone is friends again and Disney executives have managed to pull the creator of the brand back in. Is this a strictly creative decision? Does Lucas need the money? Or is Disney showing signs of desperation? Let’s see what he can do with Andor.