Month: October 2016

20 things you didn’t know about Carrie Fisher and Star Wars

To celebrate Carrie Fisher 60th anniversary on this October 21, here are 20 things you didn’t know about Carrie Fisher and Star Wars.


1. She had a love-hate relationship with George Lucas.

In her bestselling memoir and one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, Fisher tells her readers, “George Lucas ruined my life.”


2. She hated the costumes she had to wear. 

She hated the white dress from A New Hope, but it was the famed metal bikini in Return of the Jedi, which she despised most of all. “When I laid down, the metal bikini stayed up,” she once said. “So Boba Fett could see all the way to Florida.”


3. She has drugs named after her.

Fisher discovered there is a marijuana called Princess Leia after her daughter’s boyfriend tried to get a discount.


4. She beat some big names to land the role of Princess Leia. 

More than two dozen actresses auditioned for the role. These included Sissy Spacek, Farrah Fawcett, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Cybill Shepherd, Jane Seymour, Anjelica Huston, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis.


5. She was forced to strap down her boobs.

Her breasts were taped down with gaffer tape, as her costume did not permit any lingerie to be worn underneath. She joked later, “As we all know, there is no underwear in space.”


6. She didn’t like her bagel bun hair style.

She disliked the “bagel bun” hairstyle she wore in the original Star Wars, but she didn’t say anything about it because she was afraid that director George Lucas would get angry and fire her.


7. She clashed with her mother about the role.

Due to the limited budget the American cast members and crew flew economy class to England, rather than first class. When Carrie Fisher’s mother, film star Debbie Reynolds, heard about this she called George Lucas to complain. Lucas handed the phone to Carrie who simply said, “Mother, I want to fly coach, will you fuck off?!” and hung up.


8. She thinks she did a bad job playing Leia.

She doesn’t think she’s a very good actress and often quotes her awkward half-British, half-American accent as an example.


9. She did some of her own stunts.

Stunt doubles were not used for the scene in which Luke and Leia swing to safety. She and Mark Hamill performed that stunt themselves, shooting it in just one take.


10. Her role was heavily promoted to attract women viewers.

Initial research from 20th Century Fox using the title and a brief synopsis came back with the results that only males under 25 were interested in seeing the film. Fox then deliberately marketed the film with a view to attracting older and female cinemagoers by pushing images of humans, including Princess Leia, center stage and referring to the film in more mythic tones, rather than science fiction.


11. She loves nerds.

She once sarcastically claimed to have got the role of Princess Leia Organa by sleeping “with some nerd.”


12. She found her dialogue a real challenge.

After one especially difficult scene, she said to Lucas “You can type this stuff, but you can’t say it”.


13. She was nearly cut from the script.

Lucas toyed with the idea of changing Luke Skywalker into a woman and cutting Princess Leia from the script. He also entertained the notion of casting the principal characters as dwarfs.


14. She loved arguing with Han Solo.

When asked what her favorite moment from the Star Wars trilogy are, she replied that her favorite moments were the arguing scenes between her and Harrison Ford.


15. Her character never got to meet Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The closest they get to meeting is when she sees him from a distance during the lightsaber duel.


16. She has a common ancestry with Mark Hamill.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are of Swedish and Jewish ancestry, respectively. In the prequels, their parents would be played by Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, who also have Swedish and Jewish ancestry.


17. In the book, her character is the first to speak.

In George Lucas’ paperback novelization of the film, the book begins with a short prologue recited by Princess Leia. In the prologue, she tells the story of the fall of the “Old Republic”, the rise of the Empire, and the rise of the Rebel Alliance.


18. She wanted to play Han Solo.

Upon receiving the script prior to her audition, Carrie Fisher read it aloud with her friend, actor Miguel Ferrer. They loved it so much both of them wanted to play Han Solo!


19. She was addicted to cocaine while filming.

In an interview in Australia, she revealed that she had a cocaine addiction during filming of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and also survived an overdose. “Slowly, I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter,” she said.


20. She was too short for some scenes.

She stood on a box for many of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the Star Wars trilogy, owing to the fact that she was roughly a foot shorter than him and didn’t fit into the frame.

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Happy 60th Birthday, Carrie Fisher


Happy birthday, Carrie Fisher! The iconic actress turned 60 years yesterday.

Born in October 21, 1956, Carrie Fisher was raised in Beverly Hills with her younger brother. Known for her love of reading, Fisher was regarded as a bookworm during her youth and eventually developed an interest in theater. At age 15, Fisher appeared in the Broadway revival of Irene and eventually attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.


In 1975, the actress made her big screen debut in Shampoo alongside Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn. But it was two years later that Fisher landed the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Princess Leia in George Lucas’ Star Wars.

Four times Carrie Fisher in the Star Wars saga (so far):





Fisher first played Princess Leia in 1977 in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Initially, the actress didn’t think the space opera would hit it off with general audiences, but her thoughts were quickly turned once the sci-fi flick became a hit. Fisher would go on to reprise her role as Leia in the next two Star Wars films to round out the original trilogy.

Outside of Star Wars, Fisher has starred in numerous films and television series. She appeared in The Blue Brothers and The Man With One Red Shoe, making her one of few actors to work alongside both John and James Belushi. She is also an accomplished writer who publisher her first novel in 1987 titled Postcards from the Edge. The book was picked up by Colombia Pictures and turned into a film adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Dennis Quaid.


Most recently, fans saw Fisher return to theaters in the newest Star Wars trilogy. The actress reprise her role of Leia for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens along with co-stars Mark Hammill and Harrison Ford. Fisher also had connections with the second Star Wars trilogy as a script doctor. And, this month, Fisher returned to her original Star Wars days after her nonfiction novel titled The Princess Diarist was released. The bestseller is a collection of journals that Fisher kept during the filming of the first Star Wars film.

Happy birthday, Carrie! May the Force be with you!


Updated: Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian


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Han Solo may have met his ultimate end in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, but since the character is one of the most beloved in the entire franchise, Lucasfilm isn’t planning on moving away from the iconic smuggler. Harrison Ford’s time in the role may be done, but the studio has a young Han Solo spinoff coming through the pipeline, due in theaters May 2018. Directed by the dynamic duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie), the film sees rising star Alden Ehrenreich take over – perhaps for a trilogy of movies.

Finding the new Han Solo was obviously a crucial part of the production process, but the filmmakers still need to round out a supporting cast before filming begins in January 2017. Many were wondering if Han’s buddy Lando Calrissian would appear in the spinoff in some capacity, with the rumor mill suggesting that Lord and Miller were looking for someone to play a young version of the old smoothie. Now, their supposed first choice for the part has officially signed on.

donald-gloverIn an official release on, it is confirmed that Donald Glover is on board to play Lando in the upcoming film. According to the report, Han Solo will show Calrissian “in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld” before becoming the administrator at Bespin’s Cloud City.

Now that viewers know they’ll get to see Lando in his youth, the question becomes how exactly he factors into the narrative. Lucasfilm’s announcement is characteristically short on details, but Borys Kit of THR is hearing from sources that the spinoff will “tell how Lando Calrissian lost the Millennium Falcon to Han.” Ideally, there will be more to the film than that (since viewers know Han was the captain of the ship for most of his life), but it should still be a treat for longtime fans to learn how that all went down. Per the non-canon Legends, Han beat Lando in a game of sabacc, so it will be interesting to see what the “official” explanation is. Chances are, some gambling is taking place in the galactic underworld.


Lord and Miller expressed excitement over the news, saying, “We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us.” While some fans remain skeptical of a young Han Solo movie, it’s hard to argue against Lucasfilm’s casting choices. Ehrenreich was a scene-stealer in this year’s Hail, Caesar! and Glover should also prove to be a valuable addition. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated great range and earned widespread praise for his new TV series Atlanta this year. With his background in comedy, Glover should be a strong fit for Lord and Miller’s style, and it’ll be fun to watch him and Ehrenreich play off each other. If their interactions are anything like Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams, viewers will enjoy a wild ride.


Lando is arguably an original trilogy character that’s been shortchanged since Disney took over Lucasfilm, as he wasn’t even mentioned in Episode VII. It’s nice to see that the fan-favorite is a big part of the studio’s plans, and if Ehrenreich is locked in for multiple pictures, chances are Glover will be as well. Lord and Miller are aiming to start filming in a matter of months, so there should be more casting announcements – such as the female lead – in the very near future.

UPDATED 29 October: Donald Glover ‘Honored’ to Play Lando

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It’s been a very good year in 2016 for actor Donald Glover, across multiple mediums. Following his acclaimed turn in last year’s The Martian movie, Glover’s album under his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, Because The Internet, was certified gold. His FX hip-hop drama, Atlanta, has drawn rave critical reviews and was picked up almost immediately for a second season. And last week, he won the coveted role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming standalone Star Wars anthology film about Han Solo.

In the film from directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie), Glover will step into the shoes of Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi; he’ll be appearing opposite Alden Ehrenreich, who will be playing the part made iconic by Harrison Ford. The film starts production early next year with the release date set for late spring in 2018. Most Star Wars fans seem pretty happy with the casting of Glover, and it appears the actor himself is happy to have won the role.

In an appearance on The Ellen Show, Glover expressed his gratitude over having been cast in such an iconic part. Glover told Ellen DeGeneres that he is “honored” to have taken the role, and to be part of Star Wars. The actor said he’s loved the Star Wars films ever since he was a child – referencing the viral photo of Glover wearing a Star Wars t-shirt as a high school student. He even shared that a Lando Calrissian action figure was the first toy he ever had, along with one of Darth Vader.

While lifelong affinity for Star Wars is by no means a prerequisite for involvement in the present movies, there’s something to be said for lifelong passion for the material. And that’s something Glover clearly has, whether it’s Star Wars or Spider-man — another franchise Glover publicly campaigned to participate in, and ultimately landed a role in Spider-man: Homecoming.

The question will be, can Glover and Ehrenreich recreate the chemistry, and the complicated relationship, that we saw between Han and Lando back when Ford and Williams played the parts? The previous actors, in limited screen time, conveyed a whole lot of complex and shared history. When it comes time to show us that history, are the new actors up to it? Based on what we’ve seen from them in past roles, they certainly seem up to the task.

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.