Carrie Fisher is famous for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” trilogy, but she's just as well known for her laser-sharp sense of humor and intelligence as a writer and memoirist. So, was she joking when she told Palm Beach Illustrated that she'll be dusting off those Leia buns for J.J. Abrams's “Star Wars VII”?
Fisher was asked outright whether she'd be joining the crew, and she replied “yes,” but then went on to joke about what an aged Leia would be like:
"She's in an intergalactic old folks' home [laughs]. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle," she told Illustrated. Fisher went on to add that Leia would still wear her old garb, too. "The bagel buns and the bikini, because probably she has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she’s twenty-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized."
Hmm, has anyone suggested this to Abrams?
If this is true, Fisher might not be the only one returning to the intergalactic fold. Harrison Ford has publically evinced interest, though at least one site has reported that he will be returning as Han Solo. Meanwhile, Mark Hamill has been a tad more forthcoming. He told Entertainment Tonight, "They're talking to us … George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts -- they would write us out … I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts." Hamill also revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he and Fisher had had lunch with George Lucas last summer to discuss the new trilogy as well.
It sounds possible that the old gang will be all there in "Star Wars: Episode VII," but we've got at least another two years of rumors and rumblings before we'll be seeing it for ourselves. Stay tuned.
[via Palm Beach Illustrated]
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 22
He's proven he can be a romantic lead in "Anna Karenina" and an action hero in "Kick-Ass." Okay, so he got overshadowed by a little girl and Nicolas Cage in a Batsuit, but we'd still be willing to see what Taylor-Johnson would do behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon.
Liam Hemsworth, 23
The Aussie hunk is already committed to the "Hunger Games" franchise, but who says you can only have one? If Liam were cast as young Solo, the Internet will endlessly debate who'd win in a fight: Han or Thor (who's played by Liam's even hunkier brother, Chris).
Garret Hedlund, 28
The star of "Tron: Legacy" is certainly handsome enough to remind us of a young Han Solo, but we doubt there'll be any threesomes in space (sorry, "On the Road" fans). It also may be tough for him to join the franchise, since he's already committed to the "Tron" sequel.
Logan Lerman, 21
Lerman's played the hero in "Three Musketeers," but we see him as more of a Luke Skywalker type than a rascally scoundrel. However, if young Han requires a lot more innocence than what we've seen previously, Lerman could be the guy.
Alden Ehrenreich, 23
The star of the upcoming "Beautiful Creatures" is sure to gain a huge following after the movie opens on Feb. 14. The lead role in the fantasy romance is one that shows some of Han's irreverence, derring-do, humor and, of course, flair for wearing down the resistance of a girl he likes.
Jake Abel, 25
Lerman's "Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief" co-star was also in "I Am Number Four" and will play Ian in the upcoming sci-fi flick "The Host," based on the book by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyers. "Supernatural" fans will remember him as Adam, Sam and Dean's half-brother, which means he's more than a little bit badass.
Scott Eastwood, 26
Even though he's got one of the most famous names in Hollywood, Clint's easy-on-the-eyes son is still kind of an unknown. So far, we've only seen him in a few films, like "Texas Chainsaw 3D" and small roles in his dad's films, including "Gran Torino," "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Trouble With the Curve."
Kit Harington, 26
The British actor who plays bastard Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones" is one we'd like to see more of. But he's committed to three upcoming films -- including the lead in "Pompeii" and might not be able to squeeze in a film as big as "Star Wars."
Dave Franco, 27
He's yet to match the fame of his brother James, but Dave is hitting his stride with "21 Jump Street" and "Warm Bodies" in which we've seen he could pull off Han's trademark snark and wit.
Emile Hirsch, 27
Hirsch has shown his acting chops in the intense real-life-inspired drama "Into the Wild," and has lately favored indie fare like "Milk," and "Killer Joe." He went mainstream with "Speed Racer," but it flopped so badly it might have scared him off big-budget CGI films for good.
Max Irons, 27
The English actor (his dad is Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons) will make up one-third of the love triangle in the upcoming "The Host." He also starred in the horrible "Red Riding Hood," but we'll overlook that.
Shia LaBeouf, 26
We know, we know, but this <em>could</em> be a possibility: He's already played Indiana Jones's son, so would a role as the young Han Solo be such a stretch? LaBeouf also played a smartass and stood up to killer robots in the "Transformer" series, so by comparison, Boba Fett wouldn't look so tough. His offscreen bad boy persona could work against his being cast, though. (Also, that whole thing about only wanting to act in indie movies from now on might make him disqualified.)
Dane DeHaan, 27
We'll be seeing a lot more of the "Chronicle" star since his upcoming slate includes "Kill Your Darlings," "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," as Harry Osborn. Is there room in there for a turn as Han?
Rupert Friend, 31
The British hunk played a cad in "Pride and Prejudice" opposite Keira Knightley, so we know he's got "charming" and "scoundrel" down pat. And as a Black Ops on "Homeland," we've seen he can do tough as well.