Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is just over a week away from opening in theaters (at the time of writing this) – and when it does, fans will finally get some answers to the long-standing questions they have about J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars movie. Such as, just what happened after the death of Emperor Palpatine in Episode VI – Return of the Jedi that led to the current battle between the First Order and Resistance? Is Rey (Daisy Ridley) Han (Harrison Ford) and Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) daughter, as many have theorized? And where the heck is Luke (Mark Hamill), anyway?
It remains to be seen if either Rey or The Force Awakens co-protagonist Finn (John Boyega) are related to any key characters from Star Wars movies past, but it has been confirmed – by no less an authority than Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy – that the film continues the Skywalker family saga in some fashion. However, even if it turns out that Leia doesn’t have a kid (or kids) in the film, Fisher will in fact be joined by her own real-life daughter in The Force Awakens.
Fisher’s daughter, the 23-year old Billie Lourd, is playing an as-yet unidentified character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and though she’s been rumored in the past to play anything from Leia’s daughter to a younger version of Leia herself in a flashback sequence in the film, it seems Lourd’s role will likely amount to more of an easter egg for Star Wars fans, more than anything else – see also Simon Pegg’s alien character in the movie.
Nevertheless, as you can see from the following images of Lourd in The Force Awakens (released by People), her character will have a hairdo that’s (not so coincidentally) similar to the iconic look that her real-life mom had in the original 1977 Star Wars movie (a.k.a. Episode IV – A New Hope). Have a look, below:
Lourd also spoke briefly with People about how she was obsessed with the original 1977 Star Wars film while growing up (to her mother’s “delight”, no doubt):
“I made [my mom] watch it at least once a week – and on special occasions I would make her get in a lightsaber fight with me. Let’s just say the more trained Jedi usually won.”
The multi-generational appeal of the Star Wars franchise (which Lourd’s quote calls further attention to) has very much contributed to the daunting levels of hype that are currently surrounding The Force Awakens‘ theatrical release. Pretty much every person who has worked on the project has been keen to emphasize their own love for the series – something that, in turn, have filled fans with hope that Episode VII (and beyond) will deliver the experience they’ve been waiting for. Even Star Wars creator George Lucas has predicted that when all is said and done, The Force Awakens could prove to be the (great) Star Wars movie that everyone is hoping for. Not long now until we find out, either…
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens releases in theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.