During the years in which he was putting together the Star Wars prequel trilogy, George Lucas had three adopted children. And guess what? They’re all in those movies – along with George himself – for a hot second. Most of their roles are easy to miss, so I’m going to point them out to you now and rank ‘em. Because life is a competition, especially among family members.
10. AMANDA LUCAS AS ADNAMA (ATTACK OF THE CLONES)
This one is the worst because she’s impossible to spot unless you already knew she was there. Wookiepedia says she’s a human, something else you wouldn’t know just from watching because she’s out of focus and tiny. Come on, George, this is your eldest daughter!
9. GEORGE LUCAS AS BARON PAPANOIDA (REVENGE OF THE SITH)
Similar problem to Adnama. He’s in the frame for about a second and you never get a good look at his face. However, George’s profile is distinctive enough that he is potentially recognizable even as a blue guy.
8. KATIE LUCAS AS SENATOR CHI EEKWAY PAPANOIDA (REVENGE OF THE SITH)
You actually saw this character talking to Baron Papanoida (her in-universe dad), but this is a better shot. Of all the clearly visible Lucas family cameos this is the worst, just because it looks like she’s wearing two couch cushions on her head. Yeah, yeah, anything goes in space fantasy, but I need some kind of arbitrary criteria to rank these by. Fun fact: the Papanoidas were the subject of a third-season episode of the Clone Wars cartoon, written by Katie Lucas.
7. AMANDA LUCAS AS TERR TANEEL (REVENGE OF THE SITH)
Oh hey look, it’s the same exact picture twice in a row. That redhead there on the other side of Palpatine is Amanda. No, that’s not a computer thing on her head like what Lobot has; it’s just some kind of weird clothes thing. Not coincidentally, this character also appears in the same shot that the Papanoidas are together in, though you probably wouldn’t think it’s the same character (I didn’t) since you can’t see her hair.
6. JETT LUCAS AS ZETT JUKASSA (ATTACK OF THE CLONES)
Jett, the youngest of the three, only got one role, but it’s the only Lucas cameo role that showed up in more than one movie. The first time Zett appeared was this really awkward bit in Attack of the Clones when Obi-Wan is consulting with the Jedi librarian. Jett wanders into the background of the shot and stares straight into the camera in a really frightening, Damien-from-The-Omen kind of way.
5. AMANDA LUCAS AS DIVA FUNQUITA (THE PHANTOM MENACE)
Remarkably eye-catching part here, as it’s hard to not notice her profound bright red anime hair among all the dirt-colored scenery. It really, ahem, stands out.
4. KATIE LUCAS AS AMEE (THE PHANTOM MENACE)
Amee is one of Anakin’s child slave pals who makes fun of him for thinking he can get his pod racer running before the big race. She even gets an actual line of dialogue: “You’ve been working on that thing for years.” Am I the only one who finds it unusual that a nine-year-old Tatooine slave would have braces?
3. KATIE LUCAS AS LUNAE MINX (ATTACK OF THE CLONES)
This is a pretty easy one to catch because her skin is bright purple and the camera lingers on her and Ahmed Best (fun fact! Best is also the voice and mo-cap talent behind Jar Jar!) not once but twice as they drink together in the Coruscant bar Obi-Wan and Anakin go to. Anakin even does this weird hand motion at her as he walks by. The second time we see her is right after a shot of C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels in his own flesh, so this bit is really cameo city.
2. JETT LUCAS AS ZETT JUKASSA (ATTACK OF THE CLONES)
This time, Jett gets to actually see some action; he’s the only Lucas family member who really does. When Senator Organa tries to pay a visit to the Jedi Academy to see why the clone troopers are shooting up the place, Zett pops out of nowhere and starts fighting them for a few seconds before biting the dust. It’s really as good a role as any Jedi has in the prequels.
1. AMANDA LUCAS AS TEY HOW (THE PHANTOM MENACE)
This one, a Nemoidian on the bridge of the Trade Federation droid control ship, is not physically performed by Amanda Lucas, but it does feature her voice. And she gets to deliver a line pretty much everybody who saw the movie remembers – “They went up the ventilation shaft!” – because the character’s face is so weird and Amanda delivered the line in a goofy accent. She also pops up near the end of the movie to note that they’re losing power right before they blow up.