Carrie Fisher isn’t one to keep her mouth shut about anything. Throughout her career, she’s spoken candidly about her struggles with addiction, body image and all the ugliness that goes along with the mega-level of stardom Fisher reached with her most iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars.
With a new Star Wars film in the works and the original cast heavily rumored to be returning, it only follows suit that Fisher wouldn’t keep quiet about that either. Never shy, the actress has been quoted three times already saying she and her original trilogy co-stars – Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford – are coming back for Star Wars: Episode VII.
This aligns with reports that J.J. Abrams’ and Lawrence Kasdan’s rewrites of Michael Arndt‘s script shifted the focus of Episode VII more onto the older Skywalkers and Solo, making this film something of a ‘passing of the torch’ to a younger cast who will feature more heavily in subsequent Star Wars films.
And Fisher simply hasn’t stopped, mentioning to Jim Jeffries (she’s appearing on an upcoming episode of his FXX show, Legit) that she will be in London for six months to film Star Wars: Episode VII. Jeffries repeated this during a recent appearance he made on Sirius XM’s Opie and Anthony Show:
She’s a funny lady, man. She’ll be smoking cigarettes outside and as soon as she gets inside, she’s straight on to the vapor. She’s had some fucking hard partying in her life, I tell ya….She said to me, she goes, “I’m going off to London for six months to film the new ‘Star Wars’ movie,” right? And I don’t think from looking at it, the new ‘Star Wars’ movie is a direct continuation. It’s number 7 but it’s not going to be the next day, I’ll tell you that much. Maybe she had the same problem the Emperor had, I don’t know.
If this is indeed the case then a six month shoot indicates Fisher, and presumably Hamill and Ford as well, will have much larger roles in Episode VII than we originally thought. Clearly, cameo appearances they are not.
What kind of a role will the 57-year old actress have as older Princess Leia? In the expanded universe, Leia is a founding member of the New Republic after the collapse of the Empire. She does begin exploring her connection with The Force, eventually building her own lightsaber. It’s blue, if you’re curious. She also has two twins of her own, Jaina and Jacen, with Solo. Though, since it’s still unclear how much of the EU canon will be included, if any, in the next line of Star Wars films, this could all change drastically.
And while it’s hard to imagine Fisher doing much in the way of big action sequences, hopefully she won’t be completely sidelined during any crisis our heroes face in Episode VII. Leia was never one to leave it to the men to save the day, and considering she’s one of Star Wars‘ two prominent female characters, her absence from any crucial moments would be especially noticeable.
What kind of impact are you expecting the original cast to have on Episode VII? With larger roles than initially planned are Fisher, Hamill and Ford the true stars? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Star Wars: Episode 7 hits theaters December 18th, 2015.