Over the past few weeks, Disney XD has been airing new promos for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which offers new footage and takes fans behind-the-scenes on the set. Comic Book Resources has discovered another one of these promos, which gives us a brief new look at Carrie Fisher's General Leia Organa, who is seen smiling at Daisy Ridley's Rey. Most of the other footage has already been seen in previously-released trailers and TV spots, but this new look at Leia and Rey is well worth checking out.
This weekend, the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens made the press rounds, with director J.J. Abrams revealing new details about Leia in an interview with IGN. At the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, many fans were wondering if Leia would also become a Jedi, since she shares the same strength with The Force as her brother Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Here's what J.J. Abrams had to say about why Leia isn't a Jedi in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"In talking about this, even with George Lucas, the question came up of at what age can someone learn The Force and become a Jedi? I would like to think that there really isn't much of a ticking clock and that it's never too late. It was a question, and one we talked about quite a lot, even with Carrie (Fisher). If there was another, why did she not take advantage of this natural Force strength, that this character had? One of the answers was that it was simply a choice that she made. That her decision to run the Rebellion, and ultimately this Resistance, and consider herself a General, as opposed to a Jedi, it was simply a choice that she took. Not that there was any regret that she could have and didn't, but clearly we've seen, and we do again, that she's still Force strong, and it's something that is an intrinsic piece of her character."
We reported last month that Leia Organa is now a General in the Resistance, while the director revealed earlier this week that there is a scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens where an unidentified character "slips" and calls her Princess. The director also revealed that Leia is under a lot of pressure, but is still committed to her cause. Hopefully we'll get to see even more footage with Leia, with just 11 days left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally arrives in theaters.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already broken box office records, less than a month before it hits theaters. The highly-anticipated sequel has raked in over $50 million in advanced ticket sales, with some estimating that it could make more than $300 million during its opening weekend. What do you think about these new details about Leia Organa? Chime in with your thoughts, and take a look at IGN's video interview with J.J. Abrams below.