‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: Is Carrie Fisher’s Daughter Playing a Young Princess Leia?

By July 1, 2014

Another day, another Star Wars: Episode VII rumor, right? Well, this one was too good to let slip by. As hard as it is to filter through these, there are some that stick out. Today The Daily Mail (and this was first reported by Latino Review) is reporting that not only are we getting flashbacks in Episode VII, but a young Princess Leia will be played by original Leia Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourde.

As always, I want to be clear: this is still a rumor and not confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm. Like all Star Wars rumors, take this one with a full shaker of salt until you hear something official. So, here it goes. The rumor states that Billie Lourd, the daughter of Fisher and Hollywood agent Bryan Lourd, will play a young version of her mom’s most famous character. And yes, she’ll reportedly wear the famous and incredibly iconic buns. Lourde is being called an “aspiring actress and singer,” but has no screen credits as of yet. Well, this would certainly be a way to start off big!

As someone who is beyond obsessed with Star Wars, with a lightsaber and Boba Fett helmet in my trunk, a set of Princess Leia buns for my cat, and the founder of the women in sci-fi initiative Legion of Leia, I would love to see any backstory on this character they’re willing to give me. Especially after the fact that the Extended Universe is no longer canon. It’s also interesting to note that a flashback scene would be a first for the Star Wars franchise.

Of course we want to hear what you think about the rumor. Are you on board? Do you want something completely new? If it is true, is it a good idea? Let us know your thoughts below. Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters on December 18, 2015. Unless another rumor is true. Sigh.

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.
  • Trevor Sanders

    I guess I have listened to Far Far Away too much. I didn’t even look at the by line, but realized who the author was when the lightsaber and Boba Fett helmet was mentioned.