Leia Promoted from Hereditary Royal to Military Leader in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By Gary Cutlack on at

It seems that despite wanting to keep as much of the film as secret as possible, director JJ Abrams can't help spouting off about the new Star Wars -- with a new interview with the bombastic director telling us secret things about Leia's role in the new film.

Apparently Leia has gone over to the khaki side and is now spoken about in military terms in The Force Awakens, with Abrams telling Entertainment Weekly that: "She’s referred to as General. But... there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her 'Princess.'"

He also spoke of Carrie Fisher's role in the film, explaining that she's in the more... serious bits. She's unlikely to be bonking her head on the scenery, with Abrams adding: "The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there’s not much goofing around where Leia’s concerned. But it felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison, back in scenes together. I can only imagine the baggage that they bring to it, I’m just a fan who loves this stuff, but they’ve been living with it -- and living in it -- since '77." 

Abrams is basically a big fan of Fisher, explaining of the filmmaking process: "...it was a truly joyful experience, and I think that that has to do with the fact that people as funny as Carrie Fisher were simply there." [Entertainment Weekly via Time]