Carrie Fisher Confirms Princess Leia's 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Return
Shortly after news of Disney's revival of Star Wars surfaced with development of Episode VII kicking off a new trilogy, original trilogy star Carrie Fisher, who donned a metal bikini as Princess Leia, confirmed her involvement. However, very quickly following the spread of that news, she said that was a tongue-in-cheek comment. However, Fisher is yet again confirming her involvement, in the wake of Mark Hamill's confirmation of early talks to return, and this time it doesn't sound like there's a retraction in order. While the first news came secondhand from a fan attending a book signing, this comes straight from an interview.
Palm Beach Illustrated, in all their movie news glory, flat out asked Fisher if she was returning to the stars. The actress turned writer and comedian said flatly, "Yes." The interviewer then proceeded to ask her where she sees Leia all these years later. Since Fisher doesn't have any real insight into the character at this point (and she couldn't tell us even if she did), she jokes, "Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home. [She still has] the bagel buns and the bikini, because probably she has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she’s 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized." But on a more serious note, Fisher guessed, "I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."
Since development is still early, there's no telling just how big of a role returning players like Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher might play in the new trilogy. Since J.J. Abrams is directing, all this information is being kept under tight wraps. Bringing these three back seems like a no-brainer anyway, even if it's just to kick off the new trilogy with a younger cast. Maybe Disney will be nice and just toss some real news our way. Any small hint of a plot or characters would surely be enough to hold us over for a day or two until we desire more Star Wars news.