US actor Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame in 2010. Photo: Ben Rushton
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Carrie Fisher has seemingly confirmed she will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the upcoming Star Wars film.
Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-dee-doo, but we were negotiating with them.
The actress told US Palm Beach Illustrated magazine she is onboard for the next film, which will be directed by J. J. Abrams.
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Sci-fi sex symbol. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Jabba's Palace in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
When asked by the magazine if she's going to reprise her role, the 56-year-old actress and author simply said, ''Yes.''
Meanwhile in an in depth Businessweek profile, George Lucas has admitted that he began talks with all three original Star Wars heroes, Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford about returning for the new films before he even began the process of the selling the franchise to Disney.
"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison ... or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation," Lucas said.
Pin-up... Princess Leia was famous for those hair buns.
Lucas then attempted to backtrack a fraction as he realised he was stealing someone else's thunder, or at least the thunder he sold to them. Disney bought Lucasfilm properties from George Lucas in a $US4 billion deal last year.
"Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-dee-doo, but we were negotiating with them. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not."
Fisher is also vague about her involvement. When asked by Palm Beach Illustrated what she thinks her updated Leia will look like, she joked: ''Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.''
Last month Mark Hamill also confirmed he and Harrison Ford were in talks over appearing in the new Star Wars film. Hamill said he had discussed a return but was waiting to hear from new Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt.
"I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contract," he said.
Ford was less committal about Han Solo, but didn't dismiss the idea entirely.
Lucas has also admitted that he took extreme measures to guard the story outlines he had written for the new films, requiring Disney CEO Bob Iger and others to sign secrecy agreements before he would let them read them.
"We thought from a storytelling perspective they had a lot of potential," Iger said of the outlines.
Though Lucas no longer has control of the films he still contributes to the process as the ultimate Star Wars expert.
"I mostly say, ‘You can’t do this. You can do that,’ ” Lucas said.
"You know, 'The cars don’t have wheels; they fly with antigravity.’ There’s a million little pieces. Or I can say, 'He doesn’t have the power to do that, or he has to do this.' I know all that stuff."
Lucas would appear to see Steve Jobs as a role model in this regard. Jobs sold Pixar to Disney and in the process became the company's largest single stockholder. After which time he would regularly tease Iger.
"Jobs would email Iger, taunting, 'Hey, Bob, I saw the movie you just released last night, and it sucked,'" recalls Lucas.