George Lucas Saw 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and Weighs In

George Lucas
George Lucas

As the creator of “Star Wars,” it’s only fitting that George Lucas would be among the very few people actually allowed to see the film ahead of its sequel’s debut.

His verdict: “I think the fans are going to love it,” he told Vulture at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington on Sunday. “It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.”

In a recent Washington Post profile, the filmmaker said he had not seen the film at the time and planned to see the film like everyone else–on opening day. Director J.J. Abrams has not allowed advance screenings of the film ahead of its Dec. 18 debut.

Reflecting on the first film’s debut nearly four decades ago, he said, “I never got to see the spaceship come over [in 1977]. I never got that experience that everyone else got to have. I never got to see ‘Star Wars.’ So this time I’m going to.”

Lucas sold the rights to “Star Wars” and his Lucasfilm production company to Disney three years ago for $4 billion and described it as a bittersweet experience. “I call it like a divorce,” he told Washington Post.

With his franchise in new hands–that of Disney and director J.J. Abrams–Lucas likened the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debut to a “wedding.” “My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that I made.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens Dec. 18. Watch the trailer below.