Apparently, there’s a new ‘Star Wars’ movie coming out. Who knew?
With the flick still a month away, the internet has gone All Star Wars All The Time. As everyone knows, the new installment ‘The Force Awakens’ is a generational story which introduces a new generation of heroes and villains, but also is rooted in the original trilogy which came out from 1977-83, with many of the characters and cast members from those returning to guide the new faces. And one of those returnees is Carrie Fisher as Leia, the twin sister of Luke Skywalker, daughter of Darth Vader and now wife of Han Solo. (And probably the mother of Rey played by Daisy Ridley, but we’re not positive of that yet.)
Though her official name is Leia Organa (or Leia Organa Solo, I suppose) nearly everyone knows her by the appellation Princess Leia. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm LTD, the internet was flooded with fan art depicting this Princess alongside the likes of Belle, Cinderella, Ariel and the rest of the Disney Princesses.
But to be honest, Leia never did much Princessing in the old movies. Her robes didn’t even sparkle for cryin’ out loud. And Rapunzel might have something to say about those buns! (Some would say she did marry a beast, though.)
In ‘The Force Awakens’ Leia is a Princess no more! (Probably because her magical kingdom got all blowed up and stuff in the first movie.) She now has another title and it’s one she earned rather than inherited. Director J.J. Abrams explained:
“She’s referred to as General. But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’”
If one had to guess, the flub is probably made by C-3PO, not as a slip up but as a reminder who the one queen around those parts is.
But heavy lies the head that doesn’t wear the crown. When asked how Leia is handling her elevated position, Carrie Fisher answered:
“Not easily… solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”
She should probably try singing a happy song about it. That always fixed things in the Disney movies.
And according to Abrams, Fisher was actually a rock during the difficult filming process, including when Harrison Ford (Han Solo) was injured on set while filming.
“[The shoot] wasn’t without incident; it wasn’t without difficulty; it wasn’t without tears shed and bones broken and things that could never have been anticipated happening. But with everything in the aggregate, it was a truly joyful experience, and I think that that has to do with the fact that people as funny as Carrie Fisher were simply there.”
Maybe a little of that Disney magic came through after all.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker hits theaters on December 18, 2015.