George Lucas will enjoy the sun and surf a week before his new space epic lands on movie screens

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 27, 2005 09:00 AM

Not many 61-year-olds hit the beach on the FOX hit The O.C., but George Lucas isn’t just anybody.

The Star Wars creator will appear in the May 12 episode as himself in a plot line that has the filmmaker interested in the graphic novel created by O.C. character Seth Cohen (played by Adam Brody).

The appearance airs a week before the opening of the big FOX movie, Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – and is not the first time there’s been synergy between FOX’s two vehicles.

A trailer for the third and presumably final installment in the Star Wars franchise premiered in high definition during a first-run episode of The O.C. earlier this season.

For his part, Lucas is becoming more TV-friendly. Recently it was announced that he will produce at least two Star Wars small-screen series. The first would be a continuation of Cartoon Network’s Clone Wars – using CGI animation. The other would be a live-action series.