Carrie Fisher Says She’ll Return as Princess Leia in New Star Wars

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March 6 2013 1:23 PM

Carrie Fisher Says She’ll Return in New Star Wars

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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In an interview with Palm Beach Illustrated, Carrie Fisher says she’ll return as Princess Leia for the new Star Wars movies. Rumors have been flying around pretty wildly ever since the Disney sequels were announced, but Fisher is pretty matter-of-fact:

Disney is going to continue the Star Wars saga, producing movies set to hit theaters starting in 2015. Can you confirm whether you’ll reprise the role of Princess Leia?
What do you think Princess Leia is like today?
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Forrest Wickman is a Slate senior editor. He writes and edits for Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.

Elderly. 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.

This statement from Fisher also seems to add even more credence to the report that Harrison Ford will also be returning as Han Solo. Meanwhile her comments make the new Star Wars sound more and more like Michael Haneke’s Star Wars Episode VII—we can only hope she’s joking.

As my colleague Alyssa Rosenberg has written over at “XX Factor,” Leia is one of the greatest legacies of the original trilogy. While the movies are mostly dominated by male heroes, she’s quick with a blaster and not afraid to stand up to macho pigs like Darth Vader. The 56-year-old actress is also about 14 years younger than Harrison Ford, so hopefully she’ll get at least as much of a shot at the action.

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