Don't Call Her Princess: Carrie Fisher & J.J. Abrams on Leia in The Force Awakens

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Despite three trailers, plenty of interviews and a load of other promotional media, we still really don't know all that much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That's changing these days, though, as interviews with the cast and crew become more and more prevalent. Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa Skywalker is one of the characters featured the least in the promotional machine thus far, but thanks to a new Entertainment Weekly interview, we're finally getting a little more light shed on her.

So, what's new with Leia? Well, for one thing, she's not "Princess Leia" anymore.

“She’s referred to as General,” says director and co-writer J.J. Abrams. “But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’”

Abrams went on to note that the "stakes are pretty high" for Leia, who's continued to fight this war even as the Alliance and the Empire evolved into the Resistance and the First Order. For Fisher, it's  a return to acting after years spent mostly writing, so the stakes are high for her as well. We still don't entirely know what Han Solo, and especially Luke Skywalker, are up to when this film begins, but we know that Leia's kept fighting, and that she's not exactly happy about it.

“Not easily,” Fisher said when asked to describe how Leia's handling things in this film. She went on to describe the character as “solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”

That's to be expected, given how long Leia's fight has gone on, but despite the desperate situation, Fisher has a simple message for fans of the character wondering what to take away from her struggle now, nearly four decades after she first appeared.

"Never give up."

(Via EW)