It appears that 2015's Star War: Episode VII will see the return of a gun-toting, bikini-clad, princess without a planet. In a recent interview, actress, Carrie Fisher has confirmed that she will indeed reprise her role as Princess Leia Organa in the upcoming sequel trilogy kick-off.
While the substance of this strong confirmation will likely send chills down the spines of Original Trilogy fans, the news should hardly come as a huge surprise, given the buzz around news cycles in recent months. At this point, Harrison Ford is, at least according to a yet-to-be-confirmed report, already locked-in to return as Han Solo and Mark Hamill recently revealed that he was indeed in talks to once again fill the role of the ultimate Star Wars protagonist, Luke Skywalker. Thus the addition of Fisher returning as Leia seemed all but inevitable.
After fielding the all-important Star Wars question with a powerfully-blunt "yes," Fisher would then go on to describe how she believes this older version of Leia will come across in the film.
"Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home [laughs]. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."
If the film does indeed follow the guidelines of the path set for her future in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars novels and comic books, then it should see this Skywalker twin as the mother of another set of fatefully force-sensitive, tragedy-destined twins fathered by husband, Han Solo named Jacen and Jaina. While the certainty of that scenario still remains up in the air, Fisher's older version of Leia will undoubtedly find herself as a matriarch of some kind in the newly-threatened post-Imperial galactic order.
So, with Leia seemingly confirmed, Han and Luke looking likely, could the announced return of Anthony Daniels' C-3PO, Kenny Baker's R2-D2, and Pater Mayhew's Chewbacca be far off? Perhaps we may even soon break open a Colt 45 to celebrate the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian?
*UPDATE: Apparently Fisher's rep has told CNN that "she was joking," reiterating that "nothing has been announced." We could take this to mean that the news actually was true and the retraction was just damage control or that...you know, she was joking.