Carrie Fisher says she's going to reprise her role as Princess Leia in Disney's new "Star Wars" films, although franchise creator George Lucas' production company Lucasfilm has not confirmed this.
The 56-year-old actress played the iconic character, the sister of hero Luke Skywalker, in the original trilogy, starting from the first movie, "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," which was released in 1977.
Fisher did not appear in the most recent "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, which starred Natalie Portman as her mother and was released between 1999 and 2005. Disney acquired Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion last year and later announced plans to make a new "Star Wars" trilogy" as well as standalone films in the franchise. The first movie, "Star Wars: Episode VII," is set to be directed by J.J. Abrams, who also helmed the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot and is directing its 2013 sequel.
Fisher recently gave an interview to the Florida outlet Palm Beach Illustrated and was asked if she could confirm whether or not she will reprise her role of Leia in Disney's new "Star Wars" movies. She said: "Yes."
However, her casting has not been confirmed officially by Disney or Lucasfilm. A spokesperson for the latter company told OTRC.com on Wednesday, March 6: "As Yoda said, 'Always in motion is the future.' We haven't made any announcements about casting."
"Star Wars" alums Mark Hamill, who played Skywalker, and Harrison Ford, who portrayed Han Solo, are also rumored to reprise their roles in the new "Star Wars" films.
Ford has not commented about a February report about his alleged casting by Fox News Latino, while Hamill told "Entertainment Tonight" that month, vaguely, "they're talking to us," but that no deals have been signed.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" takes place after the events seen in "Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi" and is set to be released in 2015.
"Elderly" Leia to wear bikini?
Leia is known for her double-"bagel" bun hairstyle and a "slave girl" outfit, consisting of a skimpy, golden bikini, which she wore in the third film, the 1983 movie "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi."
Fisher, who is known for her sense of humor and even participated in Comedy Central's "Roast of Roseanne" last August, posted on her Facebook page on February 1 a fan-made photo of Leia in her bikini with the words "Guess what, I'm a Disney princess now" printed on it.
In her interview with Palm Beach Illustrated, Fisher described the contemporary Leia as "elderly," adding: "She's in an intergalactic old folks' home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."
When asked if the contemporary Leia is still wearing the "bagel buns," Fisher told Palm Beach Illustrated, jokingly: "The bagel buns and the bikini, because probably she has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she's 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized."
Fisher has acted sporadically in recent years, appearing mainly in TV movies and shows. She last played Leia in an off-screen project -- the actress provided the character's voice in the 2008 animated TV film "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II."
Bipolar disorder battle
Fisher has been dealing with health issues lately. She was recently hospitalized to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder, which spurred her to cancel a March 7 speaking engagement at the Center for Family Services' Old Bags Luncheon in Florida. Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, will take her place, Palm Beach Illustrated reported.
"She's had manic depression bipolar since she was 13," Reynolds, 80, told People magazine last week. "It's an illness, and she's doing much better. I'm very proud of her, and she's doing exceptionally well. She'll be just fine, just great, and continue her writing as she always does."
(Pictured above: Left and center: Carrie Fisher appears as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" films. / Right: Carrie Fisher appears on stage at the Comedy Central "Roast of Roseanne" at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 2012.)
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