Episode VII Rumors: Welcome Back, Princess Leia (And Maybe Luke and Han)


Those of you who are rooting for the return of the original characters in the new Star Wars trilogy may get your wish. TV Guide quotes Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, as saying that she, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will be reporting to work in March or April.

Fisher dropped the big news during an interview about her upcoming appearances on The Big Bang Theory and Legit, and even joked about the Princess’s classic hair-do:

“I’d like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair,” she says. “I think that would be funny.”

If Fisher is right, then she’s the first original cast member to make anything close to an official confirmation regarding their return. Hamill claims that nothing has been set in stone, and Ford has been reluctant to discuss the new films at all during recent interviews.

The return of the original characters would certainly jibe with recent rumors regarding (the now completed) script. According to unnamed sources, Episode VII will feature Luke and company in one last great adventure before they pass the torch onto new, younger characters.

Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that he is in talks with Jesse Plemons about a role in the movie. Plemons recently wowed audiences in his role as psychopath Todd Alquist in Breaking Bad.

As always, I remind you that most or all of these are indeed rumors, and even confirmed facts can change before a movie is finally released. Take all of this with a grain of salt!

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in reading more about Princess Leia, you might want to check out the recent release Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge:

Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.

Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.