8:36am PT by Hilary Lewis
George Lucas Weighs In on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer
George Lucas has finally seen the trailer for the new Star Wars.
The man behind the franchise set in a galaxy far, far away has mostly remained silent about the latest J.J. Abrams-directed installment, previously deflecting reporters' questions about the film by saying he's "retired."
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Shortly after the trailer for the Abrams-directed movie debuted, even though the clip was a hot topic online, Lucas said he hadn't seen the preview.
But he has seen it now, telling Page Six at a Lucasfilm, Touchstone Pictures and Cinema Society-hosted screening of his new film, Strange Magic, that he saw the trailer in a theater "because I don't watch movies online."
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When asked if he liked it, Lucas smiled and told the New York Post's gossip column, "Yeah, it was intriguing."
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