Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s 21-year-old daughter, will be playing the young Princess Leia in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Lourd is the daughter of Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd.
Fisher, 57, will be coming back as Princess Leia Organa in the new installment. Although Lourd has no acting experience, director JJ Abrams thought she would be a good fit to play the role because of her resemblance to her mother.
According to a source, Lourd flew to the UK to join her mother on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, which is currently filming at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. The source also said that Lourd will have her hair up in buns, just like her mother’s hairstyle in the previous Star Wars films. “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,” the source said.
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Fisher could not be happier that her daughter will be playing Princess Leia–the most iconic role of Fisher’s movie career.
Reports state that Lourd will be appearing in flashback scenes. Director JJ Abrams also added parts for his father-in-law James H. McGrath Jr. and his father Gerald. Both men appeared in the 2013 Star Trek movie, which was also directed by Abrams.
Aside from Fisher, Harrison Ford will also be making a comeback in Episode VII. The 71-year-old actor broke his leg a few weeks ago when part of a spacecraft door collapsed on him. He will be entering rehab soon. His scenes were re-scheduled for filming and he is expected to return to the set as soon as he is fully recovered.
Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to be released on December 2015.
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