Leia Is No Longer ‘Princess’ – Plus Tons More Star Wars: The Force Awakens Images and Theories

This morning we got a look at Entertainment Weekly’s covers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and since then they’ve released tons more news about the upcoming Star Wars film!

Let’s dive in!

Leia (Carrie Fisher) is no longer known as princess, director J.J. Abrams reveals: “She’s referred to as General. But… there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess’.”

Please let it be Han, please let it be Han, please let it be Han.

I think it’s great that Leia’s a general now. She was a leader of the original Rebellion and an important figure. It only makes sense she’d rise in the ranks. However, this only adds more pressure to her character.

Fisher explains that Leia’s leading a “solitary” life and is “committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”

Solitary makes sense, since Harrison Ford’s Han Solo seems to be spending a lot of time away from the Resistance and with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Finn (John Boyega), and Rey (Daisy Ridley) instead.

She also hopes that little girls take away the lesson to never give up from this incarnation of Leia. Man, I’m excited to see Leia again!

Speaking of the scoundrel… Ford opened up about his plane crash earlier in the year, as well as finally admitting he’s glad they never killed off Han like he wanted them to in the original trilogy: “I was glad that the character was still alive for me to play in this new iteration.”

We’re glad too! See, Ford isn’t as grumpy as you think he is.

He also explains that despite the fact that Han now seems to believe in the Force, “No, there’s not an abandoning of the character. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change.”

While he’s clearly grown fonder of his iconic space character, he’s still fondest of Indiana Jones and said he’d love to do another film.

Next, EW released a gallery of exclusive photos and interesting captions. I’m only going to talk about a few, but you can check them all out here!

As I predicted, Finn meets star Resistance X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) when the latter is captured by the First Order. There’s still a big question how everything transpires (does Poe give Finn his jacket? Does Finn steal it?), but we can assume they end up becoming friends.

The body language and facial expressions are interesting in this shot – Poe seems confused. Maybe Finn is telling Poe he wants to defect and Poe doesn’t believe him? Or…

“Boyega says soldiers raised from childhood to serve this remnant of the scattered Imperial forces (the First Order) are fed propaganda about the heroes of the Rebellion. Unlike Rey, he has learned a lot about Luke Skywalker — but he has been taught he was a villain who destroyed the benevolent Empire.”

Is Finn trying to explain this to Poe (whose parents worked with Luke and Leia and so he obviously doesn’t believe these lies)?

Either way, whoa! What crazy propaganda! It confirms my theory about the First Order spreading lies, though, which is exciting. So maybe Luke was forced into hiding because of this propaganda.

Other miscellaneous notes:

  • Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) will not be in many scenes, but the scenes she does have are great.
  • We’ll learn more about Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) later this week.
  • Here’s a shot of Rey with Finn facing Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on the snow planet.

Congratulations, Abrams and Lucasfilm, I can’t stop thinking about this film and I will read and analyze whatever I can get my hands on.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, and Max von Sydow is set to come out on December 18, 2015.

What do you think of all these new images and theories? Sound off with your own in the comments!

Source: Entertainment Weekly



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