Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm from George Lucas back in 2012 for more than $4 billion. While they have maintained respect publically for the creator of Star Wars, he has had little involvement in the new movies. At least as far as we know. It turns out that he actually had some influence on director Gareth Edwards and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Gareth Edwards recently spoke to Games Radar/Total Film about the upcoming Star Wars spinoff movie. George Lucas paid a little visit to the set and during that visit, the creator of a galaxy far far away saw some things that he liked, but weren't going to make it into the movie. The opinion of George Lucas changed that. Here is what Gareth Edwards had to say.
"Whatever [Lucas] liked was pretty much guaranteed to be in the film."
There was a particular item that George Lucas pointed out while looking at the design department. According to Gareth Edwards, it was "a helmet we loved but didn't know where to put it; there wasn't really an opportunity to use it." But when George Lucas walked past it and said "'That's cool, I like that,'" things changed. The helmet made it into the movie. Apparently, this happened with other things as well, since the director said anything he liked made it into Rogue One.
There weren't a lot of details divulged about this mysterious helmet, but it definitely seems like it will be some kind of Easter egg for Star Wars fans. Recently, a behind-the-scenes video was released that showed just how closely elements of Rogue One will mirror Star Wars: A New Hope. The movies take place very close to one another, so there will surely be some similarities and some fun Easter eggs. Apparently, we will have George Lucas to thank for at least some of them.
Even after George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he still wanted to have some of his ideas included in the franchise. He reportedly commissioned a script for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Disney rejected it entirely in favor of what J.J. Abrams ultimately did. The Last thing George Lucas did for the franchise was direct the three Star Wars prequels, which didn't make nearly as much at the box office as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and they surely weren't as well received. But Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a technically a prequel, and George Lucas has made his mark on it.
The cast for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and Forest Whitaker. The movie takes place prior to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and tells the story of a band of Rebels who are tasked with stealing the plans for the Death Star, so that the Rebel Alliance can destroy it. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out on December 16.