Fans of the Star Wars galaxy still have to wait a couple of weeks until they can see J.J. Abrams' hotly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, but various members of the cast and crew have already seen the final cut. Stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley recently raved about how entertaining and emotional the film is, giving hope to those wishing Star Wars 7 is a return-to-form for the beloved franchise. And the young leads are hardly the only ones with encouraging comments about the movie's quality.
Series creator George Lucas (who had yet to see anything from it), recently saw Star Wars 7, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told THR that Lucas "really liked it." In addition, Carrie Fisher (who returns as Leia Organa) had positive things to say after she watched the film, promising fans they'll have a great time at the theater when they get to sit down for the saga's seventh episode.
The actress was on GMA (hat tip HitFix) to promote Star Wars 7, and was asked what her reaction was to the final product. Her review isn't anything unexpected, but it's still nice to hear:
"It's really good. And I think in my mouth, so I don't lie."
Obviously, Fisher (or Lucas, for that matter) is not going to say anything negative about the film, but her comment is the latest in a long line from the cast suggesting that Star Wars 7 will be worth the interminable wait. She even goes so far to (jokingly) indicate that she's always a truthful individual, so fans will be holding Fisher to her word when they get a chance to watch it all unfold later this month.
Fisher also addressed the notion of Disney potentially putting an end to the iconic "Slave Leia" likeness in merchandising, telling the WSJ what she would say to parents concerned about their children seeing the actress in the famous golden bikini from Return of the Jedi:
"The father who flipped out about it, 'What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?' Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage."
It's a humorous response to the situation, and Fisher even called the whole debate "stupid" in her interview. There are many who would agree with the sentiment, as the rumor was criticized by some fans for being too politically correct. Disney has justifiable reasons if they choose to downplay Slave Leia, but that doesn't mean it should be discontinued entirely. As Fisher suggests, there's a logical explanation for why the character wore the outfit, and it's become a recognizable piece of franchise iconography. There are several versions of Leia available in the copious amounts of Star Wars merchandise, so there's no reason why they can't all exist in harmony.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits 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.