Steven Spielberg says he’ll never direct a Star Wars movie

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He may be a big fan of Star Wars but Steven Spielberg has vowed to never direct a film in the franchise.

Toronto Sun reports that Spielberg made the comments while at a press event for his upcoming film, The BFG:

 “It’s certainly my buddy’s, the Thomas Edison of science fiction, George Lucas, who created the entire series. But that was never for me. I’m just a fan; I’m just with everybody else in the audience watching them.”

Spielberg has played a part in the recent and upcoming Star Wars films, however. As he suggested that J.J. Abrams should helm The Force Awakens, and also discovered new, young Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich.

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He also reportedly turned down the chance to direct 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Probably a lucky escape there for Spielberg!

“I’m just a fan; I’m just with everybody else in the audience watching them.”

Next up for Spielberg is The BFG which hits theaters on July 1.

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