George Lucas may have sold Lucasfilm lock, stock, and barrel to Disney for $4.05 billion, but he’s still the imagineer of Star Wars. So when Star Wars: The Last Jedi was being filmed, he … had no input, officially. But according to Entertainment Weekly, Lucas was able to get some of his ideas into the upcoming movie.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said, “He’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.”
Considering the film is about Luke training Rey to become a Jedi, those whispers may contain important ideas.
One of Lucas’ inspirations for Star Wars was a landmark 1958 film by famed Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa called The Hidden Fortress, which is infused with the samurai ethos. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jedi training resembles samurai training. It involves sword combat, hand-to-hand combat, and strengthening both mental and physical toughness, such as sitting under a cold waterfall. Egads.
We’ll know more about Rey on her quest to become a Jedi — and Luke’s desire to end the Jedi — when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on Dec. 15 (Dec. 14, if you’re in the U.K.).