Right before the weekend, it was https://movieweb.com/carrie-fishers-daughter-billie-lourd-joins-star-wars-episode-vii/reported that Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd will be making her feature film debut in Star Wars: Episode VII. At the time, no information about her character was revealed, with some sources speculating that it might just be a cameo. Now a new rumor claims she is actually playing a young Princess Leia.
If we're to believe this new report from the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Star Wars: Episode VII will feature a number of flashbacks. J.J. Abrams is said to have cast Billie Lourd because of the visual similarities to her mother. This has not been confirmed by Lucasfilm nor Disney.
The 57-year-old Carrie Fisher began shooting her returning role as Princess Leia in early May, with production continuing on at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, southeast England. She was 20 when she first took on the iconic role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and its possible the flashbacks could take place a year after the events seen in that movie, but before the story picks back up in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Its not clear if other characters, like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, will also be a part of these flashbacks. Billie Lourd is 21, a year older than her mother was when Carrie Fisher first donned the infamous buns.
Is it possible that the actress is being set up for one of the spin-off movies?
Daily Mail goes onto claim that Billie Lourd will be sporting Leia's iconic hairstyle.
"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."
Billie Lourd isn't the only family member taking a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Director J.J. Abrams also created walk-on roles for his father and his father-in-law, both of whom appeared in his Star Trek reboot.
Are you excited to see the return of a young Princess Leia in her infamous buns? Or do you think these flashbacks are unnecessary? Let us know how you really feel.