Entertainment Weekly reported today that, at a Sirius XM town hall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams explained that the change from princess to general was due to her personal evolution over time.
“I think it’s sort of like any of us, you like to think you evolve and go through life experiences and become something else,” Abrams said. “But the truth is we’re all kind of who we are. My guess is most of us would say, ‘I’m kind of the kid I was, still.’ But I also think both are true. It’s a little bit, almost a nature-nurture thing. You are who you are naturally, but as you go through life, you harden in some ways, you hopefully become more enlightened in others. Her evolution from princess to general is part of her life experience, but she’s always going to be Leia.”
“There’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘princess,’” Abrams said, although he didn’t say which character makes the slip.
Furthermore, Carrie Fisher (who plays Princess/General Leia) in the Star Wars films, told EW this about being a general:
“[She’s] under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed,” Fisher said.
Can’t wait to see the development of this character whom so many of us love dearly. It will be an incredible experience to see Leia as a general and find out how she has changed and grown, as we all do, with time.
I completely agree with Abrams about how we, as individuals, go through things in life that continually change and shape us and help us grow. But, we are who we are at our core.
Leia will always be Leia, no matter her title. I’m just excited to see where she is at in her life now!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.