These criticisms are now being supported by a new voice. Marcia Lucas, who worked as an editor on the original trilogy and is the wife of the franchise’s originator, filmmaker George Lucas, strongly condemned the new movie and their creators.
Marcia Lucas recently revealed that J.J. Abrams, the director of recent films, and Kathleen Kennedy, the current CEO of Lucasfilm, had little knowledge of Star Wars.
Below are spoilers for the new trilogy.
Kathleen is one of my favorite people. I had always admired her. […] Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams appear to have no concept what Star Wars is all about now that they’re controlling Lucasfilm and making movies. They are unable to understand. And JJ Abrams is writing these stories; I was furious when I saw the movie in which Han Solo was killed. When they assassinated Han Solo, I was furious. There was no justification for this. I said to myself, “You don’t know anything about Jedi history.” You haven’t understood the enigma of Star Wars magic.
Marcia Lucas also blasts the creators of Star Wars for dumping great characters like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker so easily.
Do you intend to get rid of Han Solo? They even had Luke disintegrate at the end of the most recent film, The Last Jedi. They assassinated Han Solo. Luke Skywalker was assassinated. They also don’t have Princess Leia anymore. They also release films on a yearly basis. And they think it’s vital to cater to a female audience, so the primary character is now a woman who allegedly possesses Jedi abilities, but we have no idea how she acquired them or who she is. This is terrible. The tales are horrifying. So dreadful. Terrible.