It’s no exaggeration to say that Stranger Things blew a lot of people away this year. The effects may have been up-to-date but the Steven-Spielberg-by-way-of-Stephen-King storytelling was pure 80’s brilliance. Two performances in particular were staggering; the fraught determination of Winona Ryder’s Joyce and the monosyllabic intensity of psychic prodigy Eleven. At only 12 years old, Millie Bobby Brown turned heads with a performance that did so much with so few lines. With many asking what’s next for the talented actress, she recently revealed that she would like to take on an iconic role in an even more iconic franchise.
The young actress was asked what her future dream role would be at Rhode Island Comic-Con. She certainly got our attention when she name-checked two beloved nerd franchises, Star Wars and The Walking Dead.
“Princess Leia. If they made – I think they are making another Star Wars – I would love a role like that. Because I want to do something far from Eleven or Madison.”
We shouldn’t get too excited just yet. Although Disney and Lucasfilm seem determined to create an entire galaxy of Star Wars films, with projects slated right up until 2020, none of these calls for a young Leia to put in an appearance. Much as we’d love to learn more about Leia’s pre-trilogy life, and see Alderaan as more than an explosion, we can certainly understand Disney being wary of prequels. That said, it isn’t unimaginable that a studio exec might see Brown as a great potential asset for the franchise, and snap her up. Her Stranger Things performance certainly proved that she could bring an emotionality to the rebellious royal that would do justice to Carrie Fisher’s original portrayal.
Far more likely to be realized in the immediate future is Brown’s ambition to land a role in AMC’s The Walking Dead. The swelling ranks of the undead are always keen for new flesh to much on, and we think Brown would make a sterling addition to the ragtag team of unlucky survivors.
The next portrayal of Leia that we see will definitely be Carrie Fisher’s when Episode VIII hits cinemas on December 15th 2017. Disney’s plans for the franchise are set more or less in stone until 2020, but after that the future of the galaxy far, far away is an open book. There seems no reason that that future couldn’t involve a young Leia, but for now, we just want to make sure that nothing gets in the way of Millie Bobby Brown and the rest of the cast delivering us more Stranger Things awesomeness in Season 2.