In Hollywood today, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds will be laid to rest, ending a powerfully painful mourning period for movie fans who still can’t believe the people’s princess is gone too young at the age of 60. Explorations and commiserations of Fisher’s legacy will go on for the years to come, but if you’re looking for something more immediate, you can sign a new petition making the rounds to give Fisher’s defining character, Star Wars‘ Princess Leia, a status that was never asked for, but through the winds of fate and commerce is nevertheless available now: let’s make Leia an official Disney Princess.
The petition on Change.org phrases its case thusly:
“After the tragic lose of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess. This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions. What we are asking is that the Walt Disney Corporation hold a full ceremony inducting Leia as the newest Disney princess as well as a special service in memory of Carrie Fisher.”
As of this writing, the petition crossed the magic 50,000 signatures mark and now has well over 58,000. That’s might not make much of a difference to Disney though, who usually reserve the “Princess” title for their animated characters; that’s why Giselle, the character played by Amy Adams in Enchanted, though obviously being a princess in a Disney movie musical, is not counted. Since Lucasfilm was bought by the Walt Disney Company in 2012, there’s been a soft push to make Princess Leia a part of the Disney’s Princess class, but Fisher’s untimely death has made it a personal mission. Of course, if Disney let’s in Leia, all the live action princesses will want a piece of the action, so we’ll have to wait and see how Disney will respond to fan requests.
Carrie Fisher will be seen as Leia for the last time in Star Wars Episode VIII, which is in theatres everywhere this coming December.