George Lucas Excited For J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: He 'Understands' The Story

J.J. Abrams has taken the intergalactic reins from George Lucas – and the “Star Wars” creator is confident his legacy is in good hands.

“Yeah, [I’m excited]. J.J.’s a great director and we’re friends,” George told Access Hollywood at the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards, when asked if he’s looking forward to J.J.’s films. “I think he understands the whole thing and how it works.

“And if he doesn’t, [Lucasfilms president] Kathy [Kennedy] will keep it straight,” he added with a laugh.

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As for his own involvement in the next three films, George said he won’t be doing “much.”

“If they need help or anything, they’ll give me a call,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m off on my own.”

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Additionally, the legendary director said that no matter how good “Episode VII” is, there will always be critics.

“No matter how you do it, it’s a complicated cultural icon. Therefore you’re always going to be in trouble no matter what you do,” he said. “So, the best thing you can do is just plow forward and try to do the best story you can.”

“Star Wars: Episode VII” will be shot in the UK and is slated for release in 2015.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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