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Carrie Fisher Confirms She’ll Play ‘Elderly’ Princess Leia in Star Wars

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Although Mark Hamill said just two weeks ago that he and his former co-stars hadn’t yet reached a deal to reprise their roles in Star Wars: Episode VII, Carrie Fisher has now unequivocally confirmed her involvement in the new trilogy.

In an interview with Palm Beach Illustrated, the 56-year-old actress and novelist was asked whether she could confirm she’ll reprise her role as Princess Leia. Fisher’s answer was a simple “yes.”

Directed by J.J. Abrams from a script by Michael Arndt, Episode VII is targeted for release in 2015, inaugurating a new Star Wars trilogy under the Disney/Lucasfilm banner, and paving the way a series of standalone films focusing on individual characters (the first two are believed to center on Boba Fett and a young Han Solo).

Fisher joined Hamill in August for a meeting with George Lucas, who told them about plans for a new trilogy, more than two months before the Disney sale was announced. Hamill recently said he presumes the new films will focus on the children of the original characters, with Luke Skywalker stepping into the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she’s your sister – I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness],'” Hamill recalled last month. “‘I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'”

So how does Fisher envision Leia? “Elderly,” she told Palm Beach Illustrated. “She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home [laughs]. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.”

And when she says “just like she was before,” she means it: “The bagel buns and the bikini, because probably she has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she’s 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized.”

UPDATE (2:30 a.m. March 7): Fisher’s representative tells CNN the actress was joking, saying, “Nothing has been announced.”

(via GeekTyrant)


  • capitandelespacio

    She’s not going to reprise, she’s playing Jabba this time.

  • Andy E. Nystrom

     The absolute minimum opening weekend just shot upward.

  • Epad

    Why does this bother me? Is it that I feel Princess Leia always needs to be young? No, that’s not it. Growth and maturity is interesting for a character.
    Then i settled on these 2 reasons. So few people grow old in the canon Star Wars Universe. Except for 4 characters (only 1 major), Obi-Wan and Mon Mothma, Beru and Owen Lars. A case could be made for Darth Vader but his change was more of a metamorphosis than actual aging. Everyone else was either perpetually young or perpetually old. I guess Luke, Leia and Anakin all grew up from baby or child to young adult- but growing old just didn’t happen in the movies. Sure there were old people, Emperor and Yoda were old in the prequels, old in the 2nd trilogy, but we didn’t see them becoming elderly. i’d even argue cameo prequel trilogy Tarkin was already old when he makes his appearance at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
    Second, the promise of the ending of Return of the Jedi was that Leia would be the next Jedi. And that was a story I really wanted to see. Imagine young Carrie Fisher in a tank top all sweaty doing one-armed hand stands and lifting rocks with her mind. imagine young carrie fisher getting her lightsaber skills on against evil carrie fisher in the tree on dagobah. Skipping to old Leia in these new movies, just feels like I’ll be cheated…


    And I’m sure you are perfect.

  • capitandelespacio

    I could play the rancor.

  • Andy E. Nystrom

    Apparently she was just joking, so far.

    I don’t care how hot still still looks. The thrill of the original actress returning to an iconic role three decades later trumps other considerations for me, if it does happen. I’m sure there will be some hot young starlet in there as well for those who need/prefer that.