Carrie Fisher says she'll return for a new 'Star Wars' movie(Read article summary)
Carrie Fisher recently said she could confirm her return as Princess Leia Organa for a new 'Star Wars' movie. Will Carrie Fisher come back for the entire new trilogy or only one movie?
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When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in the fall, the new leadership, quarterbacked by Lucasilmâ€™s new President Kathleen Kennedy, made their intentions very clear.Â Star Wars is not only going to get new movies, but itâ€™s going to continue the story crafted by George Lucas, meaning familiar universe, familiar timeline and familiar characters.
Mark Hamill confirmed that heâ€™s in talks to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker and Harrison Ford has already reportedly signed to return as Han Solo. And if thereâ€™s a Han Solo, thereâ€™s a Princess Leia, and that holds true when theÂ Star Wars saga returns in 2015 with Episode VII.
In a recent interview withÂ Palm BeachÂ Illustrated, Carrie Fisher straight-up confirmed a multitude of rumors and reports that she will be reprising her career-defining role as Leia Organa in first of many upcomingÂ Star Wars movies. When asked if she could confirm her return, Fisher simply replied with â€śyes.â€ť
And to follow up, Fisher gave her thoughts jokingly on what Episode 7â€˛s Leia may be like:
â€śElderly. Sheâ€™s in an intergalactic old folksâ€™ 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.â€ť
An aged Leia and Solo would likely be embracing leadership positions in the New Republic, born of the ashes of the Empire after the Battle of Endor and the destruction of the second Death Star in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. If the films follow the multitude of theÂ Star Wars expanded universe stories, Leia may have several children who themselves could be main characters in the series going forward: The twinsÂ Jaina & Jacen, and their youngest, Anakin, named after [Vader voice] you know who.
As for Leia specifically, she may play a similar supporting role to theÂ Mon Mothma character of the original trilogy â€“ with more screen time undoubtedly â€“ but in either case, itâ€™s pleasing to see Lucasfilm and Disney honoring the franchise roots and maintaining the continuity in the most authentic way possible.
With the main three characters all but officially confirmed by the studio to return, what about other characters likeÂ Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) andÂ Wedge Antilles (Dennis Lawson)? And are Fisher and co. back for the entire trilogy (Episodes 7-9) or just Episode 7?
Rob Keyes blogs at Screen Rant.