There are a couple of possibilities at play here, one of them simply being that Lucas simply has decided it’s easier to swim with the stream than against it. His previous statements didn’t prevent The Force Awakens from being wildly successful, or generally liked amongst fans. He may just not be keen to further alienate himself from his fanbase. On the other hand, he probably just earnestly enjoyed the film. Lucas has never been one to mince words. He’s rich enough and successful enough that at this point he doesn’t have anything to prove. That’s a good sign for fans of Star Wars, whether or not they agree with all of Lucas’ opinions. With any luck, it means that we’re in for a treat when Rogue One hits screens later this month.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates and impressions on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as they hit.