Kennedy admits Lucas has struggled to watch his sci-fi saga go on without his involvement after selling Lucasfilm to Disney studio bosses in 2012.

However, she tells editors at The Hollywood Reporter that the original Star Wars filmmaker "really liked" director J.J. Abrams' new movie, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, after he accepted an offer to view the final cut prior to its release later this month (Dec15).

Now that Lucas has seen the film, he has joined an exclusive group, including Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and top Disney executives, who have all seen the finished film, which has been shrouded in secrecy.

Lucas revealed in November (15) that he had submitted ideas for the new movie, but his plans were rejected.

"They (Disney chiefs) decided they didn't want to use those stories," he explained. "They decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, 'Fine... I'll go my way and I let them go their way.'"

The movie, which reunites original castmembers Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, is due for release in the U.K. on 17 December (15), and in the U.S. a day later (18Dec15).