So what is George Lucas doing in his retirement? He’s heading to Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, of course. Well, a younger version at least … played by Matt Angel.
A character named George Lucas will be part of the DC Comics’ show return Jan. 24, which must be a bit awkward at the Star Wars Thanksgiving dinner, since Lucas sold his empire to the company that own’s DC’s rivals, Marvel Entertainment.
Lucas pops up because viewers discovered at the break that Arthur Darvill’s Rip Hunter is now a film director in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. And one of the people he runs into, according to Entertainment Weekly, is none other than Lucas himself. That run-in is not only key to the story, but key to the lives of Lucas and two other characters – Brandon Routh’s Ray and Nick Zano’s Nate.
Marc Guggenheim, the executive producer of the series, says that because of the “time aberration” that will take place in the upcoming episode, Lucas decides to quit film school.
“As a result, he never makes Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark. As a result, Ray – who became an engineer because of Star Wars – and Nate, who became a historian because of Raiders, slowly start to lose their brilliance, because those things that inspired them to become who they are didn’t exist.”
While time-travel shows have touched on Star Wars in the past (remember Hurley trying to write a new version of Star Wars when he was at the Dharma Institute in the 1970s in Lost?), Guggenheim does admit that bringing Lucas into the fold could either be genius, or jumping the shark.
“We were watching a cut of it, and I said to (executive producer Greg Berlanti) that (the Lucas episode) is either going to be the episode where we’ll say that the show found a new gear in terms of how zany it can be, or it’s the episode that’s going to get us all fired.”
Angel most recently appeared as Officer Mike Veach in the MTV series Sweet/Vicious. He’s also popped up in Longmire, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, and NBC’s Grimm.
Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays on The CW, with new episodes returning Jan. 24.
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