Star Wars: Episode VII apparently has locked down Carrie Fisher for a return as an older version of Leia, our favorite rifle-waving Alderaanian Princess. -- At least, that's what the actress once-again confirmed at the Calgary Comic Expo over the weekend to a large crowd of fawning fans.
The road towards getting to the point of this confirmation has certainly not been without its peculiar moments. Fisher supposedly dropped the news nearly two months ago in a seemingly casual fashion to a local Palm Beach, Florida publication; a tidbit that was picked up across blogs and mainstream news outlets globally, only to later have a publicist retract the confession with the explanation that "she was joking." However, Fisher's comments to the fan community at Calgary was either more "joking," or a concession that she essentially did already reveal what is increasingly being considered one of the weakest casting secrets in Hollywood. Starting with comments on the franchise's new Disney overseers, Fisher states:
“I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before,” she said during a talk at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. “I’m glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I’m really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything.”
Thus, barring another bizarre retraction, the return of Carrie Fisher to the Star Wars fold seems to be set in stone...err, Carbonite. While it's doubtful the actress will be getting into that Slave Girl bikini this time around, the regimen of dieting and exercise she's about to start is certainly an indication that she'll be back in front of the camera (this time, for director, J.J. Abrams) tossing snarky loving insults to a certain "scruffy-looking nerfherder" played by Harrison Ford. (Who is also rumored to be locked into the film in secret.)
We could chose to take this latest confirmation with a grain of salt, but at the end of the day, one has to conclude that Disney would be insane to pursue their upcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy project without the presence of the beloved Original Trilogy cast members. Certainly, the official confirmations of Fisher and Ford, as well as Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew are as inevitable as Abrams lens flare.
Star Wars: Episode VII records hunched-over holographic messages to Obi-Wan when it hits theaters in summer 2015.