Burning Questions about the ''Star Wars'' saga -- Here are five queries we have about George Lucas' franchise


Now that the saga is over, does George Lucas have any regrets about that Luke/Leia romantic tension in Star Wars?

”Oh, they didn’t know,” says Lucas. ”Of course they would be attracted to each other — they’re twins! It’s like falling in love with yourself. [Pauses] I mean, it is creepy. But it doesn’t go anywhere.”

But what about that smacker Leia gave Luke in Empire?

”I didn’t think it was that creepy,” Lucas says. ”Brothers and sisters kiss. Not always on the lips. But as a joke, to make someone jealous, I think that’s acceptable.”

What does Natalie Portman think of George’s ability to write romantic dialogue?

”I’ll take the Fifth on that,” says Portman. ”It’s fun stuff to work on, but it’s not Shakespeare.”

In Phantom Menace, we learned that Anakin was immaculately conceived, or at least didn’t have a dad. Does Sith clarify the situation?

Maybe. In Sith, Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) tells Anakin the legend of Darth Plagueis, who could create life by manipulating the Force, and who was killed by his apprentice, whom Palpatine never names. Is the apprentice Palpatine? Did he use the Force to get Anakin’s mom pregnant? ”I certainly leave it open for you to think about,” says McDiarmid. ”I think maybe I do play that.”

Now that Star Wars is over — when’s Indiana Jones IV coming out?

”I don’t really know,” says Lucas, who’s currently working on the script with Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can). ”There is an opportunity to get Steven [Spielberg] next spring — if I can get the script to where he’s happy with it by fall.”