As word spread through the galaxy of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the planned release of three new “Star Wars” films, celebrities have been lighting up the Internet with their thoughts on the deal.
Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, was congratulatory.
“Disney have bought Lucasfilm and are planning on releasing Star Wars ep 7 in 2015!! Congrats George and best of luck with whatever is next,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Wonder if they will need any Obi-Wan Hologram action??!” he added.
In the deal, reached Tuesday, George Lucas, 68, who had already announced he would step down from day-to-day operation of Lucasfilm, will receive $4.05 billion in stock and cash from The Walt Disney Co. (owner of ABC News).
Disney chairman Robert Iger announced in a press conference Tuesday that the seventh feature in the series would be scheduled for 2015, with new film coming every two or three years after that. Lucas will consult on the films.
Luke Skywalker’s Mark Hamill was lukewarm on the deal: “Congratulations to George for today’s mega-deal! Can’t comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now — Patience.”
His co-star, Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, was more glowing. “I’ve always liked that Mouse, and I’m looking forward to all the exciting possibilities this brings to the Star Wars Universe,” he tweeted.
Director Kevin Smith was also in favor of the deal, writing on Facebook: “I’m all for it. Can’t wait to see all the new movies they’re gonna make. The 7 year old Kev who saw STAR WARS during its initial release in 1977 is finally gonna get all 9 STAR WARS movies he was promised back then. I’ll be first in line to pay for whatever they do.”
English actor Simon Pegg of “Shaun of the Dead” cracked a few jokes about the news on his Twitter page.
“Does this mean Leia is now a Disney princess? She’ll have to go get her nails done with Ariel and lend Pocahontas her metal bikini,” he wrote.
“To be fair, I was saying Lucasfilm was a Mickey Mouse outfit back in 1999,” he said before adding, “For the record, I have no problem with Disney, I am a huge fan and I’m sure it’s actually good news for Star Wars fans. LLAP”
“Star Trek” fans will know that LLAP means “Live Long and Prosper,” a reference to Pegg’s role in J. J. Abrams’s 2009 “Star Trek” reboot.
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane was typically droll over the news.
“Looking forward to seeing what exciting new Star Wars adventures will be cooked up by the dream factory that brought us Mars Needs Moms!” he wrote on his Twitter feed.
Even Princess Leia herself — Carrie Fisher — chimed in on Facebook with a video involving her French bulldog better seen than described.