Leia’s Back, But Don’t Call Her Princess

General Leia Organa
General Leia Organa

Princess Leia Organa is a science fiction icon — the princess that refused to be a anything less than an equal participant in her own rescue. She inspired legions of girls and women and earned a place in science fiction history.

Now Leia is back, but you better not call her “princess.” In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, director J.J Abrams talked about how Leia is addressed in the new film.

She’s referred to as General. But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’

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The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there’s not much goofing around where Leia’s concerned. But it felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison [Ford], 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.

Well, three guesses on who might screw up and call her “Princess,” (and your first two guesses ought to be “Han.”)

In a separate interview, also with Entertainment Weekly, Carrie Fischer dropped some more hints about Leia’s role in the new movie.

[Leia is] solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.

So instead of a fresh-faced love interest, Leia is now a war-weary military tactician. And solitary? Perhaps things didn’t work out the way we expected with Han.

Of course, that is just speculation. We will have to wait for the movie to come out to know for sure. But the one thing we are sure about is that we will be getting a radically different Leia than we have seen in previous movies.