All the cast announcements for Star Wars Episode VII have featured actors and actresses that have gone through a grueling casting process from J. J. Abrams and crew, but the newest rumor around the film is a bit surprising. It’s been said that Billie Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher, has been cast in the upcoming sequel. A related rumor seems to hint that Lourd will either play Leia’s daughter or, even stranger, a younger version of Leia herself. Read on a for digging a little deeper into the rumor.
Lourd and Fisher, as expected, look quite similar, as seen in this photo from an event a few years ago.
The original rumor that Lourd makes an appearance in the film originated at Latino Review, though there was no word on who, if anyone, she would play. Then, the Daily Mail jumped on board and ran with it.
“Although her daughter Billie Lourd, 21, is a relative unknown, director J.J. Abrams is said to have chosen her to play a young version of her mother’s character because of their visual similarities….”She will even have her hair tied up in Princess Leia-style buns. 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.”
Later, the British talk show Good Morning Britain reported Lourd is playing Leia’s daughter.
Assuming the rumors are even partially true and Lourd is in the movie, it would make a lot of sense for her to play Leia’s daughter. As an actual mother/daughter pair, she and Fisher share similar features. How the daughter character would fit into the overall story is a whole different matter.
Less likely is that Lourd plays a young Leia. It would seem to fit in with Star Wars Rebels, but that’s not mentioned in any of the rumors, so let’s ignore that. If there’s a young Leia in Episode VII, it almost certainly has to be a flashback of some kind, which a bit out of character for the series. Most fans will have already seen the previous six (or maybe just the original three) movies, so it’s not exactly necessary to flashback to something they’ve already seen multiple times. Unless it’s to a moment that Abrams creates to further the story in Episode VII, which is a whole different set of problems.
So, who is Lourd going to play? Young Leia? Leia’s daughter? Someone else entirely? Or is this rumor, like so many others on the internet, completely false? What do you think?