Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

How Carrie Fisher joked about Star Wars return – and the whole world fell for it

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the first of the Star Wars film franchise.


Update: A publicist for Carrie Fisher says the actress was joking when she said she would be returning to the role of Princess Leia for the upcoming Star Wars film.

But in an e-mail to The Globe, publicist Carol Marshall clarified that no announcement has been made about the film, and that Fisher meant her answer as a joke. "Sarcasm is difficult to read, needless to say," Marshall wrote, later adding: "It's not to say it won't happen ... but nothing has been announced. Stay tuned, I guess!"

Did Fisher jump the lightsabre by spilling the beans before an official announcement? Stay tuned, we guess.

Story continues below advertisement

Carrie Fisher says she will return to the Star Wars franchise to reprise her role as Princess Leia. In an interview with Palm Beach Illustrated, she was asked whether she could confirm that she would be returning to the role for the new Star Wars film. "Yes," she replied. When asked by the magazine what she thinks Princess Leia would be like today, she responded: "Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home," she said, laughing. "I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."

Disney purchased Lucasfilm last year and at the same time announced that the Star Wars franchise would be revived with a seventh film. J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost) will direct, and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is writing the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII, which is expected to be released in 2015.

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author
Western Arts Correspondent

Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. More


The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at