Carrie Fisher to Spend 6 Months Shooting ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′

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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.

Carrie Fisher Present Day Carrie Fisher to Spend 6 Months Shooting Star Wars: Episode 7

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.

Source: Opie and Anthony Show (via /Film)

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  1. She also had another child with Solo, Anakin, Named after her father, Who was killed in the Vong Wars.

    • Looks like Han wasn’t just doing it “Solo”!

      • Definitely now Han(d) Solo anymore.

        • Han shot first.

    • Star by Star is the book he was killed in. Anakin was the most powerful of three siblings and was destined to do great things until they killed him off. One of the dumb decisions and problems with the expanded universe.

      • I’ve been meaning to read one of these books but ARE they cannon or just made up elseworld stories for the fan’s enjoyment?

        • I doubt Episode VII will consider them as canon.

        • check out the Timothy Zahn Trilogy books they will blow you away

          • I cant wait for star wars episode 7

        • Technically they are the latter but some of them were labeled canon to make a bigger buck. It’s safe to assume that Episode VII will largely ignore the books and only cherry pick a couple of good ideas here and there, if that.

      • To ben:

        Anakin was not the son of Han and Leia. His mother was single and was raised by her. It appears that you believed B. Smith when he/she said that Anakin was son to Han and Leia. Not so. But you may look it up in wikipedia, and believe me, we would have all known about it if it was Leia’s son because they would have said so. Anakin’s mom was an unknown character until the moment she was introduced as the mother.

        • lenora, they’re not talkin’ about anakin skywalker. they’re talkin’ about anakin solo, who IS actually one of han & leia’s kids from the EU.


  2. I expect that the original big three will play a big role in Episode VII. I’m really looking forward to when Disney CONFIRMS that they’re all going to be in Episode VII.

    • Yes, I am especially looking forward to seeing Mark Hamill play Luke again. Don’t know why Abrams/Disney desire to be so tight-lipped on who will be in the film, but it is in keeping with Abrams’ track record. Personally, I believe it is one of his more foolish quirks…along with his excessive camera flares.

      • I concur. It’s been reumored that Episode VII is going to start shooting in mid-May. I don’t see the point of waiting to make casting announcements.

        • ^rumored

      • He tries but always fails
        he just wants the ppl to see it the first time with no outside influence

        • No outside influence…to include even ignorance as to who is in the film?!

          Abrams expressed regret for not revealing…and even lying about…who the villain was in Star Trek into Darkness. Actions speak louder than words. If they begin filming Star Wars and don’t even announce who is in the film, he has again proven himself to be a liar, and a fool. Camera flares in the movie would further serve to demonstrate his irrational obsessive compulsiveness.

          • Please, my good sir! Will you be so kind as to *tip* your fedora? Your anger fetish against MR. JAY JAY ABRAMS will only feel subsequently complete by doing as your told by your PEERS!!!! ;)

  3. Who makes up this rubbish. There is no way this movie is shooting for 6 months. Not unless they are filming more than one movie. And even they were shooting for such an insane time, there is no way that Cartie Fisher is shooting for that long. Not unless the entire film is all about her… um err… I guess not. So get a grip when these made up garbage stories get passed around. Oh… she could be nuts I guess… Which more than likely the case.

    • “I’m going off to London for six months to film the new ‘Star Wars’ movie,”

      It doesn’t say that filming is going on for 6 months, just that she will be in London for 6 months. This may be due to the age/schedules of the big 3. Or she could be over exaggerating. This wasn’t a direct quote from Fisher, it was a quote of someone quoting/paraphrasing what she said.

      But nothing’s been confirmed yet, so who knows. 6 months seems like a long time, but it’s a big movie.

  4. they cant pass the torch too much because all the younger actors and new cast are coming onto
    to an established franchise. if any of the big three are missing (hamill,ford,fisher) or have short cameos i
    will wait on the redbox release. pay these folk and let them make great contributions.

    • i’ve heard of the 3 Hamil is staying on as a Master not sure if it is true and for how long

  5. I am way excited to see Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill back in Star Wars. Returning to the original cast, and hopefully more of the original aesthetic…that thought gives me goosebumps.

    That being said, the older actors should not be the stars of the film. This film needs to be dynamic, so I expect the new characters to be the active focus. It has the chance to be an incredible mix of nostalgia and groundbreaking.

    • To J83,

      Are you an agist? It so happens that the “older” actors ARE the stars of the film, and of course, the young people will be involved, but the whole intention of the 3 trilogies is to discover # 1, the history of star wars, # 2, the actual star wars (original) and # 3, what happened to the characters which generated from the original movie, and that means Leia, Han and Luke, which means they better take on central roles, yet to be shared with their offspring, the twins. Anakin is NOT the son of Leia & Han as was said earlier. Anakin’s mother was single mother and a slave like Anakin was.

      You probably weren’t born when George Lucas planned on three trilogies: a trilogy for one generation BEFORE and another trilogy for one generation AFTER the original Star Wars trilogy. FYI, Lenora

      • Lenora, you seem to be missing several years of EU reading. Anakin Solo was born 10.5 years ABY (after the battle of Yavin) and was killed in 27 ABY. You may have been paying attention to the movies since 1977 but for those of us who’ve read the novels written as a continuation beyond episode VI, Anakin Solo is the younger brother of Jacen and Jaina Solo. Anakin Skywalker is a totally different character. No disrespect intended but he is the third son of Han and Leia.

      • Personally, I think it’s foolish to have ANY of the original actors in this film. It’s stunt-casting. They’re too geriatric for this new film (unless Abrams’ is planning scenes in a Coruscant rest home), and the current generation of moviegoers won’t give a crap about who they were.

        Past generations have had their day. It’s time for the younglings to shine in the sun and take the Star Wars franchise into the 21st century.

        So say we all!

      • Anakin Solo is NOT his grandfather Anakin Skywalker, learn to read and understand what you’re reading before commenting, that way you avoid making a fool of yourself..Thrice.

  6. Carrie Fisher is gonna spend “six months shooting”? After all the coke she supposedly snorted last time she was making these movies, it will be more like “six months snooting”!

    • Maybe Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will start banging each other again between shoots like they did when the first SW EP 4 was in production.

      Try to get that picture out of your mind….

    • hahaha….she brought winter to London

  7. I love how she’s going to London for 6 months for filming on Star Wars translates into, principal photography for episode 7 will last for 6 months.

  8. SIX MONTHS? Six months in which principal photography with the main actors will take place??

    Unless Abrams is shooting Episodes 7, 8 and 9 consecutively, can’t be true.

    Methinks Mrs Fisher is a bit too excited to be back in a movie that people will actually see.

    Too many off the cuff remarks coming from her.

  9. One of the big 3 will die.leia luke or han will die most likely luke since the one that passes on the torch to the next hero dies.qui gon jinn dies in episode 1 making obiwan the hero and master of anikin.obiwan later dies in episode 4 when he makes luke the hero so if we go by this luke will die In episode 7.

    • Ford did said in an interview recently that he’ll only come back to Star Wars only if they will kill off Han Solo.

      Han Solo will go out in a blaze of glory! Then The focus will shift to his 3 children.

      • Freedo, son of Greedo, will have his revenge!

  10. Don’t know why some people here can’t envision a six-month shoot. It’s not unheard of, especially for a blockbuster and the beginning of a new planned trilogy.

    Now why Disney, Abrams, etc. can’t seem to bring themselves to even announce who will be in the film…that baffles me! Remaining mum about a plot is one thing, but remaining silent about who has been cast in a film is complete and utter foolishness. I would expect that they’ll be talking soon, however…or maybe not, knowing Abrams’ hard-on for secrecy and, frankly, lies.

  11. Wow, and a troll has to mention Carrie Fisher’s past drug habit. How mature.

  12. These movies will be a win as long as I don’t see Hayden Christensen’s face onscreen at any time, what a lousy job he did. To be fair the dialogue was bad. I think the return of Fisher/Harrison/Hamill will create a warm feeling in fans and be a hit.

  13. I can see her going to London for 6 months on the company payroll but not necessarily shooting in film that whole time.
    She is currently rumored to be getting in shape for the role on the company’s dime so I can see that continuing in London prior to shooting.

  14. I know I’m in the minority….but I’m not really looking forward to have this old cast in the majority of the film.

    It’s too much clinging on to nostalgia for the sake of selling movie tickets to more people….and I get that. Star Wars cost Disney and bunch of money and they ARE running a business.

    However, there’s plenty of other material to work with that is and can be very exciting for all audiences.

    Marvel’s putting a talking tree and a raccoon in a major tentpole film….I think audiences can handle a new direction in a Star Wars film(s).

    • For me, at least, I am very much looking forward to Hamill, Ford, and Fisher reprising their roles, hopefully significantly in the first film. For multiple generations now, they have been the face of Star Wars. The prequel trilogy, although profitable, was largely reviled. So I think the intent is to have them kick of this new trilogy, and the future of the franchise, in a significant way, by evoking that nostalgia, but then, they will either be killed or fall back in significance, as new characters are introduced and take the lead.

  15. All of that collected EU knowledge is useless. The entire EU is now hovering on fan-fiction level of credibility unless Disney confirms anything as canon. Just let it go, people. Calm down, wait for the movie and forget all of that EU stuff. Don’t try to compare it to what happened in the EU stuff. You’ll be doing yourselves a favor.

    • george lucas set up a team of people to figure out which stories of the eu r part of the official canon of star wars.

      • Yes, but when disney bought it they threw it all out the window.

  16. i hope this is only passing the torch,they(fisher,hamill,and ford) had there days long time ago new director new cast new story.and i heard everything after return of jedi is wiped out(EU) this movie is 30 years after jedi.

  17. I think it’s a money grubbing sin for this junk to even be made, in johnny’s universe there are only 3 star wars movies and they were done by 1983.

  18. I would be very excited to see Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode 7. I even had an idea of how their parts should be. Not like anybody at Lucasfilm would care what a lowly thrid class fan thinks. Anyways, I am looking forward to seeing the movie. So what it they are older now, people age so what. They are still the same people they were back in 1975 when they were cast in Episode IV. I agree with antoher author Mark Hamill still looks pretty cool. He is my childhood crush, Carrie Fisher is one of my favorite childhood actresses and any movie where Harrison Ford gets the girl like he always does is fantastic.