Back in December, just days before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, fans got their first look at one of the several new characters in this sci-fi adventure, Billie Lourd's character, who was later revealed to be Lieutenant Connix. While the actress was only seen briefly on screen, many had wondered if she will be returning for Star Wars: Episode VIII, since she is the daughter of Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher. The young actress, who made her acting debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, revealed to /Film that she does have a role in the sequel, which will be much more significant than her brief appearance in its predecessor.
"Yes. I can't say much about it but yes. I am working on Star Wars VIII but that's all I can say."
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lieutenant Connix worked directly under Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa, one of the Resistance's top leaders. Unfortunately, we don't know anything about the story of Star Wars: Episode VIII yet, but with the emergence of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we're guessing that Leia and the Resistance will have their hands full with the villainous First Order. What isn't known yet is if Lieutenant Connix will still have a familiar hairstyle.
The first look photo released in December revealed the actress had taken on her mother's familiar Star Wars hairstyle that fans will recognize. While Billie Lourd's "cinnamon bun" hairstyle isn't quite as exaggerated as her mother's in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, it seems to be one of many nods to the beloved trilogy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actress confirmed she will have a bigger role in the movie, describing her small role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as "Where's Waldo-y," teasing that she might also have scenes with her mother in the sequel.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson. This highly anticipated sequel continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Coming back are cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Production began on Star Wars: Episode VIII in February, with LucasFilm already setting a December 15, 2017 release date. The highly-anticipated sequel currently has the release date to itself as of now, but we'll have to wait and see if any studio is brave enough to put another movie up against Star Wars: Episode VIII. What do you think about Billie Lourd returning for Star Wars: Episode VIII?