George Lucas Inadvertently Had Some Small Input on the Design of Rogue One


George Lucas has retired and is no longer an active force in the direction of the Star Wars films, but that doesn’t mean he has no impact at all. It seems that as long as the filmmakers in charge continue to revere him as the creator of the Star Wars universe, his opinion still holds some significant power.



According to Total Film magazine, that power was on display apparently, when Lucas himself decided to visit the design department of Rogue One.

It was clear from the beginning to Edwards that “whatever [Lucas] liked was pretty much guaranteed to be in the film,” as you would expect when the creator of a franchise which has gripped the imaginations of millions takes a tour around the Rogue One design department.

Edwards says that sitting in the department was “a helmet we loved but didn’t know where to put it; there wasn’t really an opportunity to use it”. But when Lucas was given a tour of the design department, the father of Star Wars “walked past it and went ‘That’s cool, I like that'”.


Even if it is something small like a helmet added to the background, the fact that the filmmakers who have inherited the reigns to the Star Wars films still honor the aesthetics and preferences of George Lucas shows his impact on the new generation of directors and the place he holds in ongoing Star Wars universe.



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17 thoughts on “George Lucas Inadvertently Had Some Small Input on the Design of Rogue One

  • November 20, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    horrifick news!1!!!1! I had so much hope for Rouge Uan!1!1 Lucas ruins Star Uars Movie’s even after selling LFL to disneyyy… Coul’dnt believe but Rogue One IS A PREQUELLL… next moments we’ll see a jar jar character showing up…such a shame tho ruin evne dis movei!1!!!

    • November 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      I hope people will get your ironic statement, but as you know it’s really tricky on the web. 🙂

      • November 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm

        In fact, I was curious whether this statement would get bombed or whether someone would’ve detected the irony. 🙂

        • November 20, 2016 at 9:16 pm

          Don’t worry, you used a lot of !1! that’s totally internet for “don’t take me seriously guys”

          • November 20, 2016 at 10:09 pm

            Oh… believe me when I say that I’ve seen people who wanted to be taken seriously using !!1!

          • November 21, 2016 at 2:00 am


    • November 21, 2016 at 2:11 am

      RIP STAR WARS /s

  • November 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    That’s pretty neat that even with a set visit they kind of took inspiration from what Lucas was saying as they walked around. Let’s hope that trooper helmet was as rad as it sounds

  • November 21, 2016 at 1:59 am

    I thought Rogue One was said to have been an idea thought up while George was still in charge? That and Han Solo?

    • November 21, 2016 at 5:38 am

      No, Rogue one was an idea one of the head guys at ILM pitched to Lucasfilm at a meeting MONTHS after Disney had control. He sat on the idea for a long time before he had the balls to mention to Kathy Kennedy his idea about making a movie based on the Original 1977 crawl. Lucas wanted to do Han Solo first I believe.

      • November 21, 2016 at 4:37 pm

        Actually Knoll had the idea for Rogue one when he first heard of the TV series that Lucas was going to make, then he found out that wouldn’t fit in with the direction the series was going so he shelved the idea until he heard about the spin-off movies.

  • November 21, 2016 at 6:49 am

    People crap on Lucas for the prequels, but lets not forget.. The man is a genius

  • November 21, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Cool. The Godfather got to see his stepchild

  • November 21, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Prequels are underrated. The greatly expanded the scope and world of Star Wars. I hope to see more of the “inner galaxy” in future movies where we get back to planets like Coruscant.

    Wonder what helmet this was?

    • November 22, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      I’ll give you that they were underrated as far as expanding on lore and such. I myself like others weren’t impressed with the execution of them though. I’m thankful for the majority of the lore they brought though.

  • November 22, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    A lot of people have been so disrespectful toward Lucas and done it in the most cowardly ways. On the internet. In anonymity. It’s like when people do selfish things on the road and drive like they are invincible because they are driving in ‘armour’ so to speak. Then the whole mob mentality thing took over aswell. I swear some people probably liked the prequels more than they will ever admit, and as soon as the herd mentality kicked in it turned them in to rabid haters. He doesn’t owe anybody sh/t, he made his art the way he wanted to. So what if you didn’t like the prequels, go kill yourself.

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