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Leia is no longer a Princess, plus more photos from The Force Awakens

11.11.2015

Believe it or not, but we're just slightly over a month away from the premiere of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. So close and yet so far, but as we near the big premiere we've been receiving more and more tidbits about the production as well as new photos to keep us talking about all things Star Wars. Earlier today Harrison Ford discussed returning to play Han Solo and a few new Han Solo images were also included; now it's Carrie Fisher's turn to talk about Princess Leia, except this time, she won't be referred to as Princess.

J.J. Abrams revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Leia will now be "referred to as General, but…there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess." Carrie Fisher described General Leia as "solitary, under a lot of pressure [and], committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.

Abrams has referred to Leia's arc in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS as one of the heavier ones in the film, saying:

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, 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.

Despite the emotional heaviness which Carrie Fisher had to bring to the role this time around, J.J. Abrams has said that Fisher's presence made production "a truly joyful experience, and I think that that has to do with the fact that people as funny as Carrie Fisher were simply there. It’s an amazing thing, her sort of free-associative mind, her ability to find humor in anything — she’s like a divining rod for wordplay. She’s incredible.” Entertainment Weekly has also released a handful of new images from the film, and you can check those out below!

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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Source: EW

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12:36PM on 11/12/2015
Everything about this movie looks beautiful. The colors, the landscapes, the blending of CGI and realism. Random, but I wonder what role BB-8 plays besides looking adorable.
Everything about this movie looks beautiful. The colors, the landscapes, the blending of CGI and realism. Random, but I wonder what role BB-8 plays besides looking adorable.
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8:36AM on 11/12/2015
Leia's still a princess - just the princess of a debris field where Alderaan used to be, but still a princess.
Leia's still a princess - just the princess of a debris field where Alderaan used to be, but still a princess.
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11:48PM on 11/11/2015

That's funny: I thought Leia would have taken over from Mon Mothma

and become the top political figure in the New Republic. She always struck me as more politician than soldier. I notice no one's talking about her last name; I guess her and Han didn't work out.
and become the top political figure in the New Republic. She always struck me as more politician than soldier. I notice no one's talking about her last name; I guess her and Han didn't work out.
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9:30PM on 11/11/2015
I'm not sure about the new Stormtrooper helmets. From the wrong angle it looks like a goofy cartoon grin.
I'm not sure about the new Stormtrooper helmets. From the wrong angle it looks like a goofy cartoon grin.
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8:50PM on 11/11/2015

Triplets

Kylo, Rey and Finn are siblings. Or maybe half-siblings. #FinnCalrissian
Kylo, Rey and Finn are siblings. Or maybe half-siblings. #FinnCalrissian
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8:46PM on 11/11/2015
Everything looks great, but I'm still not sold on the black Jedi...
Everything looks great, but I'm still not sold on the black Jedi...
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11:44PM on 11/11/2015
Three words: Samuel L. Jackson.
Three words: Samuel L. Jackson.
12:57AM on 11/12/2015
I agree actually and I say that as someone who is biracial. That said, I think it could be his youth that is distracting.
I agree actually and I say that as someone who is biracial. That said, I think it could be his youth that is distracting.
8:35AM on 11/12/2015
Well, Han used a lightsaber to slice open a tauntaun. Just because Finn used a lightsaber doesn't mean that he actually become a Jedi, at least maybe not yet.
Well, Han used a lightsaber to slice open a tauntaun. Just because Finn used a lightsaber doesn't mean that he actually become a Jedi, at least maybe not yet.
9:12AM on 11/12/2015
1. Hate to play this card, but that sounds pretty racist. Technically speaking Finn isn’t a black guy, he’s some alien race from a galaxy far, far away who just looks similar to someone of African heritage. I fail to see how a Jedi with tentacles on their head, one who looks like a shriveled scrotum with a goatee, or even one who looks like Willy Wonka’s dad in a sub-par remake is an easier to “buy” than one with dark skin. And let’s not even talk Yoda…
2. He is only two years
1. Hate to play this card, but that sounds pretty racist. Technically speaking Finn isn’t a black guy, he’s some alien race from a galaxy far, far away who just looks similar to someone of African heritage. I fail to see how a Jedi with tentacles on their head, one who looks like a shriveled scrotum with a goatee, or even one who looks like Willy Wonka’s dad in a sub-par remake is an easier to “buy” than one with dark skin. And let’s not even talk Yoda…
2. He is only two years younger than Luke Skywalker was when he picked up his first lightsaber, and if you actually WATCHED the movies, you should know that in the first one, he never uses it successfully because he has no clue what he is doing. It isn’t until he goes to Yoda and undergoes extensive hardcore training that he is able to harness his natural gifts and stand against Vader (and still loses btw). There is no reason to believe that Finn will fare any better in this movie.
3. Finn is a Stormtrooper, so he will not be a Jedi in this film. Could he become one down the line? Sure…but, just like Luke Skywalker, he will earn it first and they will do everything they can to make you believe it when/if it happens.
4. Finn is not related to Rey and Kylo (who probably are related). JJ is nothing if not a student of pop culture and I think he learned the same lessons that we all did from Fantastic 4…
10:55AM on 11/12/2015
I think this is actually the definition of racism: judging someone (make believe or not) solely on the color of their skin.
I think this is actually the definition of racism: judging someone (make believe or not) solely on the color of their skin.
12:23AM on 11/13/2015
And?
And?
8:23PM on 11/11/2015
I'm very confident that this movie will be much better than all three prequels (Episode 1-3).
I'm very confident that this movie will be much better than all three prequels (Episode 1-3).
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