Marcia Lucas Sharply Criticizes the Modern Star Wars Movies

Among casual Star Wars fans, Marcia Lucas might only be known as the ex-wife of George Lucas. However, Marica Lucas was an accomplished editor in her own right, with credits including Taxi Driver, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and American Graffiti. She also won an Oscar for her editing work on the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. Lucas went to contribute her skills to both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Via IndieWire, Lucas was interviewed for the late J.W. Rinzler’s final book, Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life. And she made her feelings about the modern Star Wars movies very clear.

“I like Kathleen [Kennedy]. I always liked her,” said Lucas.”She was full of beans. She was really smart and really bright. Really wonderful woman. And I liked her husband, Frank [Marshall]. I liked them a lot. Now that she’s running Lucasfilm and making movies, it seems to me that Kathy Kennedy and J.J. Abrams don’t have a clue about Star Wars.”

“They don’t get it,” added Lucas. “And J.J. Abrams is writing these stories — when I saw [The Force Awakens] where they kill Han Solo, I was furious. I was furious when they killed Han Solo. Absolutely, positively there was no rhyme or reason to it. I thought, You don’t get the Jedi story. You don’t get the magic of Star Wars. You’re getting rid of Han Solo?”

Lucas also shared her thoughts about Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. She expressed her displeasure about the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Rey’s portrayal in the film.

“They think it’s important to appeal to a woman’s audience, so now their main character [Rey] is this female, who’s supposed to have Jedi powers,” noted Lucas. “But we don’t know how she got Jedi powers, or who she is. It sucks. The storylines are terrible. Just terrible. Awful. You can quote me… J.J. Abrams, Kathy Kennedy — talk to me.’”

That last quote suggests that the interview was conducted before The Rise of Skywalker was released, since Rey’s linage was explained in that film. Regardless, it probably wouldn’t have changed Lucas’ opinion.

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Recommended Reading: The Making of Star Wars

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