One of the first real questions fans had when it was announced that Disney was bringing the Star Wars saga back to the big screen was whether or not original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford would reprise their iconic roles. Of course, that was ultimately confirmed and the script rewritten reportedly to bulk up their presence in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
Most fan skepticism regarding those characters’ return was squashed with the near-universal fan acclaim for the most recent Force Awakens trailer (“Chewie, we’re home.”). We’ve already gotten our first glimpses at a few returning characters, as well as new heroes and villains like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and the mysterious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the twin offspring of Anakin Skywalker have remained no-shows thus far. That might have just changed, with what may be our first look at Fisher in costume.
That Hashtag Show has shared a new image (see below) that appears to be from a costume fitting for The Force Awakens featuring Fisher. Notably, her outfit closely resembles leaked concept art for how Leia will look in the film and instantly calls to mind the black vests worn throughout the original trilogy by soldiers for the Rebel Alliance.
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The above image seemingly confirms rumors that Leia will remain actively involved in (if not leading) whatever form the Rebel Alliance (or, as it appears to be called in Force Awakens, “The Resistance”) has taken thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi. However, this costume fitting could quite easily have been just a preliminary one that may not reflect how Fisher will look in the finished movie. Still, it’s a low-key ensemble that would nicely match the more military role Leia likely took on around the time of Emperor Palpatine’s demise.
Now that this image is circulating, it should be just a matter of time before Lucasfilm gives fans their first official look at Fisher in costume. At this point, we’ve gone glimpses at most of the main live-action (i.e. non-CG) characters for The Force Awakens, with the exception of Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Ex Machina actor Domhnall Gleeson’s mystery character. Could there be some major twist that the studio is aiming to keep under wraps a while longer? Only time will tell.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015; Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016; and Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017.
Source: That Hashtag Show