How old was George Lucas when he directed Star Wars?

Feb 26, 2022

How old was George Lucas when he directed Star Wars?


Star Wars: A New Hope was famously released in 1977 however Lucas directed principal photography in 1976, the prior year. He had spent several years in pre-production, especially with the development of his Oscar-nominated script took many years and revisions prior to that.

After preproduction, the principal photography of Star Wars began on March 22, 1976. Its working title was 'Adventures of the Starkiller: Episode 1 - The Star Wars'.

Fun fact, the first drafted version of the script was written in 1974.

Lucas was born on May 14, 1944 meaning he was 33 when it was released on 25 May 1977. But given the majority of the film's production was in 1976, you could argue he was 32 years of age when he literally directed the film.

We appreciate a director's role covers both before and after actual filming takes place but for this post, we try to acknowledge when the actual filming occurred as that is a massive part of the film's development where the director has a huge impact on how things will play out. 

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Lucas with Alex Guinness who played famously Obi-Wan Kenobi

How old was George Lucas when he wrote The Empire Strikes Back?

Leigh Bracket is famously credited as a script writer on Star Wars. She died before the film was released. Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan continued on with Bracket's work in 1978 and 1979. Lucas was 36 years old when Empire Strikes Back was released, meaning his was 34 when he started drafting the film.

How old was George Lucas when he produced The Return of the Jedi?

Jedi was released in 1983 when Lucas was 39, meaning he was 37-39 years old when he produced Return of the Jedi.

How old was George Lucas when he directed The Phantom Menace?

Taking back the director's chair for the first time since 1976, Lucas triumphantly returned with his first prequel filming on 10 June 1999. Given the timing, Lucas was a wiser 55 years old when directing and 22 years on since he first directed A New Hope.

How old was George Lucas when he directed The Attack of the Clones?

Attack of the Clones was released on 16 May 2002. principal photography took place from June to September 2000 when Lucas was 56. He was 58 when the film was released to a North American Box Office of $302,191,252.

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Lucas with Anthony Daniels who played C-3PO

How old was George Lucas when he directed The Revenge of the Sith?

Lucas's fourth time helming a Star Wars film was arguably his best personally directed film. It was released in 19 May 2005 meaning he was 61. Principal photography was completed in 2003 when he was 59. Here's some trivia about Revenge of the Sith.

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