Since selling Lucasfilm Ltd to Disney three years ago in a jaw-dropping $4 billion deal, Lucas has had no connection to the new film. He says, "There is no such thing as working over someone's shoulder. You're either the dictator or you're not. And to do that would never work, so I said 'I'm going to get divorced' "
During this year's gathering at the Star Wars studio, more than 30 hours of Star Wars events will be streamed on StarWars.com
Lucasfilm and Disney announced in June that Looper filmmaker Johnson will write and direct Episode VIII
The cast list of the new Star Wars movie, out next year, has been announced by producers Lucasfilm, sending fanboys and fangirls online into a frenzy.