Force Awakens: Leia, Lucas & Vehicle Bits

George Lucas has weighed in with his opinion of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” after having finally seen the film.

The franchise creator told Vulture this week: “I think the fans are going to love it. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.” Cue immediate dissection and speculation about that quote from fans in all corners, mostly about the way it avoids any personal take on the film by him.

Meanwhile further quotes from the weekend’s press rounds for the film have emerged. J.J. Abrams was asked by IGN about Leia becoming a general in the Resistance and choosing to eschew following the Jedi path that her brother Luke took:

“It was a great question, and one that we talked about a lot – even with Carrie [Fisher] – if there was another, why did she not take advantage of this natural Force strength that she’s got.

One of the answers was that it was simply a choice that she made. That her decision to run the rebellion and ultimately, this resistance, and consider herself a general as opposed of a Jedi, it was simply a choice that she took.

Not that there’s any regret that she could have [become a Jedi] and didn’t. Clearly we’ve seen, and will see again, that she’s still Force strong. It’s something that is an intrinsic piece of her character.”

Also today a brief new TV Spot and featurettes about two of the film’s key vehicles – the Millennium Falcon and Rey’s desert speeder.