George Lucas says the force is with J.J. Abrams for "Star Wars: Episode VII"

George Lucas Star WarsJ.J. Abrams has been getting a lot of love as being the ideal successor to take over the Star Wars franchise starting with “Episode VII” and he’s got another big fan in Star Wars creator George Lucas himself.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Lucas shared his thoughts on the future of the franchise under Abrams’ direction.

“Yeah, [I’m excited]. J.J.’s a great director and we’re friends,” Lucas said. “I think he understands the whole thing and how it works.”

For those prequel haters who may be concerned that Lucas will be overly involved, he says he will have very limited involvement if at all.

“If they need help or anything, they’ll give me a call,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m off on my own.”