26. Princess Leia – (Jodie Foster)
Before Princess Leia was brought to life by the late Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster auditioned for the role. At the time, Foster had already racked up a long list of notable roles in both film and television and it makes sense that the young up-and-coming actress would’ve been considered for the role by George Lucas.
During an interview in 2005, Foster was asked about the rumors surrounding her potential casting in the original Star Wars films. She confirmed the validity of the story, but went on to explain that she “was doing two films back-to-back at the time.” Scheduling would have definitely posed a challenge for her!
Foster was also much younger than Fisher was when auditioned for the role. Fisher was 19 during her screen tests with Harrison Ford, while Jodie Foster was only 14 or 15 at the time. In the same interview, Foster went on to say, “It was when they were still conceiving those characters as very young. By the time they got to making it, they had a totally different conception of the film.”
It makes you wonder just how young Lucas had planned to make the twins when he first worked on developing the characters.