This is not the house you’re looking for… but it is almost identical
George Lucas, surely one of the most innovative film-makers of 1977 (release of Star Wars) has taken an unusual cue for his new digital film production building in California, a sketch of which is pictured above. He claims the reference point for his proposed Grady Valley building, the design of which has been ‘directed’ with meticulous precision by the film mogul, is the 19th century St Vincent’s School for boys in nearby Marinwood (bottom right).
Admittedly, there is some likeness (think Luke Skywalker and Princess Leah). However, as critics have pointed out, the proposals looks much more like newspaper tycoon William Randalph Heart’s palatial home, Hearst Castle, which was the inspiration for the mammoth mansion Xanadu in Citizen Kane (think Chewbacca and a Yorkshire terrier). Could be worse. At least it isn’t the doppelganger of Jabba’s Hut.