Kathleen Kennedy has been pretty successful at making sure Lucasfilm gets the best projects out there. Now the Lucasfilm president has become a real commander, thanks to a royal honor bestowed upon her by the British Empire.
According to Vanity Fair, Kennedy was given the honor at a private ceremony held at the home of British diplomat Michael Howells, who serves as the Queen's Consul General in Los Angeles. The event was attended by Star Wars legends composer John Williams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan as well as filmmakers Rian Johnson, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
At the event, Kennedy was named honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for several years of bringing important film projects to the United Kingdom. Howells presented the honor with an awesome message for Kennedy.
“I appreciate there’s a little bit of competition in the garden tonight, so forgive me, but this is my opinion: Kathleen Kennedy has produced, I think, pretty much all of the most well-loved and impactful films,” Howells said. “It’s maybe a measure of your genius, Kathy, that all of those films they feel somehow as they were made just for me.”
In a move that would probably rival Emperor Palpatine, Kennedy accepted the honor and immediately asserted her dominance.
“I want to make sure that I follow protocol here, but the first thing I’m going to say is there’s several of you out there that have not been treating me with the proper respect,” Kennedy joked. “I mean, on occasion, I would mention that I was getting this, and there would be a lot of laughing. So I just want it to be a little bit more somber.”
OK, so we're hoping she doesn't go all Palpatine all over Lucasfilm but it's definitely a much-deserved honor. Congratulations to Kennedy for becoming an honorary commander.
Kennedy's next big project Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20.