A young George Lucas will reportedly appear in an upcoming episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, with a significant change in his early career proving to have drastic effects for all the Legends.
During the show’s winter finale, it was revealed that former leader Rip Hunter was not only alive, but hiding out in Hollywood in 1967, making sci-fi movies based on his adventures. Rip’s time-meddling leads to Lucas quitting film school, and the Legends are tasked with getting the young auteur back on track.
A trailer for the episode, premiering January 24th at 9 p.m. ET on The CW, has already been released, revealing the rest of the hour will be spent on the Legion of Doom. Watch below.
The prolific director will be portrayed by Sweet/Vicious actor Matt Angel in the winter premiere, titled Raiders of the Lost Art. The episode is said to heavily affect Ray and Nate. During this time period, Lucas was making a series of short films that he once described as “experimental tone poems,” like the ones that made him fall in love with cinema in the first place. Some of those earlier efforts can be seen in his first feature length film THX 1138, which lays some groundwork seen late in A New Hope, but is an oft-kilter, cerebral futuristic tale.
Describing the story as “Flowers for Algernon with Ray and Nate,” Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim says the episode is one of the most ambitious that Legends of Tomorrow has done:
“Because of circumstances, the time aberration in episode 209 is George Lucas quits 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…We were watching a cut of it, and I said to Greg [Berlanti] that 209 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. It really is. You’re laughing out loud, I think with it, but it’s like, “Are we really doing this?” It’s the ’70s bar fight on steroids. The whole episode is that level of crazy.”
It’s also worth pointing out that with the recent passing of Carrie Fisher it is an incredibly sad time for a show of any kind to be doing a fun Star Wars-based episode. Let’s hope that Legends of Tomorrow can turn it into some kind of appropriate tribute to Fisher and Princess Leia.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
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