Carrie Fisher’s Leia will not be called ‘Princess’ in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Fisher describes Leia's mindset in the new movie as 'somewhat defeated, tired and pissed'

Carrie Fisher’s iconic Star Wars character will not be referred to as “Princess Leia” in the new movie, director JJ Abrams has revealed.

Fisher returns to the franchise after a 32-year-hiatus in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, due next month, but her character has a new, more military-sounding title. “She’s referred to as General,” Abrams told Entertainment Weekly. “But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess’.”

Discussing Leia’s role in the forthcoming film, Abrams explained: “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.”

Fisher also offered a few clues as to Leia’s mindset in the new movie, describing her character as “solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in the UK on December 17 and in the US a day later. It takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi, though specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by director JJ Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside Ridley, Nyong’o and the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. Meanwhile, it has recently emerged that the film will feature a character apparently named after a Beastie Boys album.

Hamill’s character Luke Skywalker has been conspicuously absent from recent promos for the movie, a state of affairs which Abrams recently admitted is “no accident”.