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Kathleen Kennedy brings the force of past work to ‘Star Wars’

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy appears on the Cantina set at Star Wars Celebration: The Ultimate Fan Experience held at the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Anaheim.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy appears on the Cantina set at Star Wars Celebration: The Ultimate Fan Experience held at the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Anaheim. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Few producers have been associated with more box office hits than Kathleen Kennedy. As a co-founder of Amblin Entertainment - with Frank Marshall and Steven Speilberg - Kennedy was part of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and the “Jurassic Park” movies.

Her list of hits is only going to get bigger as Kennedy’s the manager of the “Star Wars” franchise for the Walt Disney Company. She’s the force behind the making of “The Force Awakens.”

Kennedy and director J. J. Abrams were at the Star Wars Celebration in April to talk with fans about all that’s going on with the upcoming “The Force Awakens.” The convention visit is almost three years to the day after George Lucas asked her to become the President of LucasFilm.

“I thought he was going to ask me for recommendations,” Kennedy says. “I asked who he was picking and he said ‘You.’

“As any of you can imagine, it’s an incredibly daunting task.”

The first person she turned to to help her with the next film was Abrams. Kennedy is certain she couldn’t have done it without his help.

It’s not all about the box office with Kennedy. She’s wearing a bracelet that is going to help raise money for UNICEF.

“We are going to join forces with a program called ‘Kid Power.’ What happens is kids wear these bands and after taking so many steps it triggers a packet of food for children who are malnourished all over the world,” Kennedy says. “We are hoping this program will become a movement.

“We are hoping ‘Star Wars’ will ignite this and turn it into a worldwide movement.”

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