General: Leia Organa Gets a New Title for Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’

Updated: November 13, 2015
General: Leia Organa Gets a New Title for Star Wars 'The Force Awakens'

Leia isn’t a princess, she’s a general in ‘The Force Awakens’.

Carrie Fisher was always a much-admired leader as Princess Leia, and now she has been re-imagined – as “General”.

Leia, who led Rebel Forces in the original films, no longer goes by “Princess”. But this could be a difficult adjustment for some of her friends.

Director JJ Abrams told Entertainment Weekly: “She’s referred to as General. But… there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess’.”

Could this be Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, who liked to affectionately mock Leia in the original trilogy?

But Leia isn’t in the mood for jokes, JJ revealed. “The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there’s not much goofing around where Leia’s concerned,” the director said.

“But it felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison, back in scenes together.”

According to Carrie, when we meet her again we’ll find Leia: “Solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and p***ed.”

Not that Carrie herself has lost her sense of humour. The 59-year-old explained: “I think we’re pretty sick of each other by now, so we pretend to be interested in each other between takes. And we fail.

“I’m mostly interested in how (Harrison) stays in such good shape. I can talk to him about that for a long time.”#

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