The Daily Mail is reporting that Billie Lourde, daughter of Carrie Fisher (a.k.a. Princess Leia), has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII and will be playing “a young Princess Leia”:
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Billie flew into the UK to join her mother earlier this month.”
“She will even have her hair tied up in Princess Leia-style buns. She’s an aspiring actress and singer, so she grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Carrie backed the move as she wanted somebody in her family to play her most famous role.”
If the source for this rumor is correct, you have to wonder what it means for the story. As mentioned above, I can’t see this being any more than a flashback, but if it’s pre-Episode IV: A New Hope Leia, than that means that it is before she has a chance to meet any of the other original cast members. Maybe we will get our first look at Young Leia before joining up with the Rebel Alliance.
If I were a betting man, I’d say it probably involves a scene of the young princess on Alderaan.
This will be the first acting job for the 21-year-old. I guess it really does pay off to have famous parents.
The still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker and newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, and Andy Serkis.