What’s More Epic Than ‘Star Wars’? Having Prince Sing at Your Wedding Reception
Mellody Hobson, George Lucas, and their special wedding guest Prince (Photo: WireImage/Inset: Getty)
So does this mean that John Williams might be adding some high-pitched vocals to the score of the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII"?
The Artist Who Is Once Again Known as Prince provided some of the soundtrack to the astonishing spectacle that was the wedding reception of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and his new bride, Chicago businesswoman Mellody Hobson.
Over 500 guests attended the party at Promontory Point in Chicago this past Saturday, a mix of Hollywood and political elite including Mayor Richard M. Daley, JP Morgan Chase Chairman and ex-Chicagoan Jamie Dimon, the Reverend. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, comedian Robin Williams, "Home Alone" director Chris Columbus, and HBO executive James Costos — who's set to merge both worlds as he's in line to become the next U.S. ambassador to Spain.
The bash made the lavish Rebellion honoring ceremony at the end of "Episode IV - A New Hope" look like a quiet night at home. According to a party guest via the Chicago Sun-Times, attendees were ferried from the West Side of Lake Shore Drive through a tunnel to Promontory Point on the lakefront. A boardwalk lined with planters of purple and blue hydrangeas guided guests to the first room of a huge tent, where Hobson and Lucas greeted guests in a garden-party setting with comfort food hors d'oeuvres.
Beyond that first room, a huge doorway opened to the main "ballroom," a vast column-lined venue with multiple buffet lines and bars. There, both Prince and the Gentlemen of Leisure Band (no Cantina Band, unfortunately) kept guests moving on the dance floor.
Now we're imagining what "Star Wars" might've been like if it had gone the way of Tim Burton's "Batman" and had a Prince soundtrack. Perhaps we would've heard a quick "Scan-da-lous!" cue over the shot of Princess Leia kissing a bedridden Luke Skywalker in "The Empire Strikes Back"?
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson made it official after a six-year courtship on Saturday, June 22 at a ceremony in Marin County, California. The wedding was attended by such Hollywood types as Ron Howard and Samuel L. Jackson (who played Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy). It was officiated by Bill Moyers, a journalist and ordained minister who interviewed Joseph Campbell, the author whose 1949 book "The Hero With a Thousand Faces" was a primary influence while Lucas was first writing "Star Wars," in a popular 1988 public television series, "The Power of Myth."