This Disney+ Series Shows How Industrial Light & Magic Changed Movies Forever


“Light & Magic” is directed by Lawrence Kasdan, the co-writer of “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as, more recently, “The Force Awakens” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Outside of his work with Lucasfilm, Kasdan is also known for directing such noteworthy 1980s films as “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill,” and “The Accidental Tourist,” along with the not-so-noteworthy 2003 Stephen King adaptation “Dreamcatcher.” Hey, nobody’s perfect!

Joining Kasdan behind the camera as his fellow executive producers on “Light & Magic” are Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Justin Wilkes, Michelle Rejwan, and current Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. A number of these folks pop up in the show’s trailer, too, along with the likes of George Lucas himself, “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau, “Obi-Wan Kenobi” director Deborah Chow, and other seasoned ILM artists whose names I hope to learn after watching the series. The trailer also provides glimpses at some of the intriguing behind-the-scenes footage from the ILM archives that will appear in the show, in addition to spotlighting just a handful of the company’s most notable accomplishments (like the “morphing” scene from “Willow”). Color me properly excited.

All six episodes of “Light &┬áMagic” will begin streaming on July 27, 2022, on Disney+.