As many people know now, Star Wars isn't just the story of the Skywalker family, as Lucasfilm is in the business of producing spinoff films to complement the saga episodes. The first of these, Rogue One, was very successful, earning mostly positive reviews and grossing over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. With the knowledge that audiences are very much interested in stories set outside the main story, the floodgates are now open for numerous possibilities. Rumors of a Boba Fett standalone refuse to die, and several expressed a desire to see a Darth Vader film after Rogue One. There are so many interesting characters in the galaxy far, far away, anyone has the potential to be a star.
In addition to Vader, Rogue One also included roles for original trilogy figures Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia Organa, both of whom (through the wonders of modern CGI) controversially appeared as they did in the original 1977 film. Of course, actors were required to stand-in during production, and for Leia that task fell to Ingvild Deila. With the youngster now part of the Lucasfilm family, would she ever return to the series to reprise the part? It's something she's open to.
In an interview with YouTube's Jaime Stangroom (watch the video above), Deila was asked if she would like to come back if the opportunity presented itself. While the actress didn't say no, she understands it would be a daunting responsibility:
"I would be lying if I said no. It would be great. Really scary at the same time because she's such an iconic character and I really, really respect and admire Carrie Fisher and who she was. There would be two very big shoes to fill, you could never replace her."
The future of Leia on film is going to be a tricky subject for Lucasfilm, as Fisher passed away in December 2016. Disney is still trying to determine the best course of action for the character's planned role in Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX, so a spinoff focusing on the Princess probably isn't in the cards right now. Additionally, enough people are skeptical about young Han Solo starring Alden Ehrenreich, so the studio may not be took quick to recast another Rebellion icon until they know how viewers respond to the new Han and Lando Calrissian. At this point in time, Boba Fett or an Obi-Wan Kenobi film featuring Ewan McGregor would be an easier sell to the fan base.
Of course, Deila could reprise Leia in a brief cameo, as she had in Rogue One. However, it's worth wondering how many more stories there are left to tell in the Galactic Civil War era. To date, four feature films, the Rebels TV series, and multiple novels have covered this point in galactic history, and it may be time for the story group to start exploring new horizons. The galaxy is a vast place with endless potential, so to keep returning to the same well over and over again runs the risk of going stale. It's great that Deila is open to playing the Princess again, but it looks like her time in Star Wars will be brief - however meaningful it was.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits Blu-ray April 4, 2017.
Source: Jamie Stangroom
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