In their second article about “The Force Awakens,” Entertainment Weekly got to talk with J.J Abrams and Carrie Fisher about Leia’s role in the movie, and revealed that she won’t be called Princess anymore, but will now be referred to as General Leia.
Here’s a portion of the article from EW.com, where both J.J Abrams and Carrie Fisher talk about Leia’s role in “The Force Awakens:”
“She’s referred to as General,” says director and co-writer J.J. Abrams. “But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’”
“The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there’s not much goofing around where Leia’s concerned,” Abrams said. “But it felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison, back in scenes together. I can only imagine the baggage that they bring to it, I’m just a fan who loves this stuff, but they’ve been living with it — and living in it — since ’77.”
Part of the reason it was a big adjustment is Leia is far from the movie’s comic relief. As Abrams said, her story is one of the heavier ones in the film. So how is the General handling things when we meet her again?
“Not easily,” Fisher says, describing Leia as, “solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”
Leia was once the only role model for girls in the original films. What does the actress hope that the original generation of fans, now grown up, may take away from this version of Leia?
Fisher response is simple and without sarcasm: “Never give up.”
Have to say, General Leia has a nice to ring to it! I also like what I read there about her story being one of the heaviest in the film. Be sure to check out the full article over at EW.com, and get ready for some more articles tomorrow from Entertainment Weekly, where they will have more info on Maz Kanata, Supreme Leader Snoke, and the question that everyone is asking, where is Luke Skywalker?