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Carrie Fisher’s recent interview with Palm Beach Illustrated got Star Wars fans around the Internet excited, since she appeared to confirm that she will be reprising her role as Princess Leia in Episode VII. However, her rep says that it was all just a joke on Fisher’s part.
During the interview, Fisher was asked if she was returning to the franchise. “Yes,” she said. When asked what she thought Leia was like today, 30 years after Return of the Jedi, she said, “Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home.”
Fisher continued, “I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.”
In case Star Wars fans missed the part where Illustrated noted that she laughed while making the comments, Fisher’s rep sent a statement to CNN.
“She was joking,” the rep noted. “Nothing has been announced.”
The lesson of the story is that Star Wars fans now shouldn’t even trust what the actors involved say. Even since Mark Hamill revealed that Disney and Lucasfilm are talking with them, the studios haven’t made any casting news.
However,in other Star Wars news, Disney CEO Bob Iger reiterated his commitment to making stand alone Star Wars films in an interview with CNBC. Comicbook.com also notes that he spoke with shareholders, expressing his excitement to work with J.J. Abrams on Episode VII.
“Star Wars Episode 7 will be released in 2015, and we’re also working on some standalone movies featuring the great Star Wars characters,” Iger said. “Lucasfilm joins Disney, Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, and ABC in our unprecedented collection of amazing brands.”