Carrie Fisher’s 21-year-old daughter has joined “Star Wars: Episode VII,” as young Princess Leia. Director J.J. Abrams reportedly asked Billie Lourd, who has no movie credit to speak of yet, to play the iconic role her mom has made famous. Read on to know more about this story.
According to IGN, it’s still unclear if the role of young Princess Leia is a cameo or if the budding actress’ contribution would be significant to the film. But with zero experience in acting, it’s safe to say that Billie’s first acting job may just be brief and hardly challenging.
Casting Billie, according to Daily Mail, is primarily because she has the right genetics — she looks “visually similar” to her mother. The report also said that her appearance would figure in a series of flashbacks, which is why a younger Princess Leia is needed.
“Carrie backed the move as she wanted somebody in her family to play her most famous role,” said a source in the Daily Mail report.
Fisher originally played Princess Leia in the first three blockbuster offerings of “Star Wars,” which started in 1977. Now at 57 years old, the actress will be reprising the role in the latest movie, which will reunite her with her former co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.
Filming for “Star Wars: Episode VII” has started in London, but there have been some setbacks after Ford was injured on the set when a prop fell on his leg. He is currently recovering from the injury according to People.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is scheduled for theater release by December 2015. The movie will also star Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), Adam Driver (“Girls”), Domhnall Gleeson (“Harry Potter”), Andy Serkis (“Lord of the Rings”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”).
The “Star Wars” franchise, created by George Lucas, has had seven movie releases, including the computer animated flick, “The Clone Wars.” It also has several TV series inceptions.
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