Yes, Princess Leia is way smarter than you and got her Ph.D. at 19

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Aug 7, 2017

She can lead rebellions, fend off scruffy-looking nerf herders and, apparently, nab her doctorate faster than everyone else.

Yep, Princess Leia got her Ph.D. when she was just 19 years old. This isn’t new news, but it has curiously managed to stay under the radar for the most part: George Lucas made the revelation on the commentary for the 2004 home video release of A New Hope.

Those quotes recently resurfaced after Becca Harrison, a professor at the University of Glasgow who is also writing a book on Star Wars, spotted it while reading the 2016 book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation by Carolyn Cocca.

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According to Lucas, Leia was “young, 19, the same age as what Luke was supposed to be,” but instead of merely being “an idealistic, naïve farm boy,” she was “like a very sophisticated, urbanized ruler, a senator, so she’s a politician, she’s accomplished, she’s graduated, got her Ph.D. at 19 and she rules people and is in charge.”

As Harrison points out, we shouldn’t have been calling her Princess Leia, then: That’s Dr. Organa to you. Boom.

Of course, the character is now known as General Organa, and she’s set to return this December in Star Wars: The Last Jedi — a year after Carrie Fisher died following a massive heart attack.

 

John Boyega, who stars as Finn in the saga, recently spoke out about the emotional send-off fans can expect for Fisher in The Last Jedi, which will mark her final performance as Leia and arrives in theaters on Dec. 15.

“We have many scenes in this one coming up,” he told ABC News, adding, “[She's] amazing. You get to know someone, and the gloss and the glamour goes away, and you get to know the person and enjoy their company."

Boyega also hinted that The Last Jedi “sends her off in a very amazing way."

“She's still kept alive in this franchise,” he said. “That's the beauty of it, she lives forever in a sense."