The force of romance is with Star Wars creator George Lucas - he has got engaged.

A spokeswoman for Lucasfilm said the 68-year-old director was engaged to 43-year-old investment firm president Mellody Hobson.

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Ms Hobson serves as chairman of DreamWorks Animation and is a financial contributor to ABC's Good Morning America programme.

Lucas helped to launch the modern blockbuster age with his Star Wars sagas and Indiana Jones adventures.

The original Star Wars still stands as the number two film in terms of tickets sold domestically, behind only Gone With The Wind.

Lucas, who has has three children - Amanda, Katie and Jett - was previously married to film editor Marcia Lucas from 1969 to 1983.

Disney completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise from Lucas for 4.06 billion dollars in cash and stock last month.

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