At the recent Cannes Film Festival, George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker behind the Star Wars saga, received the prestigious Palme d’Or for his groundbreaking contributions to cinema. As he stood before an adoring crowd at the Debussy Theatre, Lucas took a nostalgic trip down memory lane, reflecting on the genesis of his illustrious career and the cosmic journey of Star Wars.

Lucas’s journey dates back to when he brought his first feature, “THX-1138,” to the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1971. From those humble beginnings, Lucas transformed into a pioneering force in the world of filmmaking. During his acceptance speech, Lucas couldn’t help but share his thoughts on Disney’s takeover of the Star Wars universe, which he sold in 2012. He mentioned, “I was the only one who really knew what Star Wars was…who actually knew this world, because there’s a lot to it. The Force, for example, nobody understood the Force. When they started other ones after I sold the company, a lot of the ideas that were in [the original] sort of got lost.”

Despite his original vision being altered, Lucas acknowledged the reality of handing over the reins, stating, “But that’s the way it is. You give it up, you give it up.” With characteristic candor, he concluded, “I’m a stubborn guy and I didn’t want people to tell me how to make my movies.”

Fans eager for more Star Wars content have much to look forward to. Disney+ is gearing up for the release of “The Acolyte,” a new series set hundreds of years before the events of “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” The series stars an impressive cast, including Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, and Manny Jacinto, among others. It promises a deep dive into the High Republic era, an exciting chapter previously unexplored in the Star Wars lore.

The storyline revolves around an investigation into a spectacular crime spree, with a respected Jedi Master confronting a formidable warrior from his past. As they delve further into the mystery, dark forces emerge, revealing that all is not what it seems. Early reactions to the show have been overwhelmingly positive, heightening anticipation for its June 4 premiere.

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Source: [The Hollywood Reporter](