March 07, 2013 | 9:45 a.m.
Carrie Fisher has said “yes,” she will reprise her role as Princess Leia in “Episode VII” of the “Star Wars” franchise. Now, George Lucas says that, months ago, Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were in “final negotiations” to return. They’d “already signed,” he told Bloomberg in an article published Thursday, or were “pretty much in final stages” of negotiations. Then, Lucas stopped short, seeming to fear he’d spoiled the surprise. There’s probably a plan to break the news with “some big whoop-de-do,” he said. Fisher hasn’t been shy with the news, though. “Yes,” she told Palm Beach Illustrated, she will reprise her role. When asked what Princess Leia is like today, she replied with a laugh that she’s in an “intergalactic old folks’ home.” In late January, as reported in Hero Complex, news broke that J.J. Abrams was set […]
Oct. 21, 2011 | 8:00 a.m.
Happy birthday to Carrie Fisher, who was born on this date in 1956 in Beverly Hills. She grew up in the public glare (and amid personal shadows) as the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, and that show-biz heritage would inform her writing in “Postcards From the Edge” and the play “Wishful Drinking.” But, of course, no matter what she writes and no matter how many additions she makes to her film credits (which include “Shampoo,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Blues Brothers”), to most of us she will forever be Princess Leia Organa. Check out her audition tape above, which shows her and future co-star Harrison Ford wrangling with the jargon of the Jedi universe. Below, there’s a fun bit of footage where she goes off on George Lucas and his vast galactic empire. By the way, […]