When the new Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens character posters dropped last week, we thought our favorite one was offering a hint. Leia Organa (Organa-Solo?), in addition to presumably having aged out of her "princess" title, looked supremely tactical, leading us to speculate: Are we now looking at General Leia?
And Entertainment Weekly's new Star Wars cover package has the answer, which is, "Yeah, you were right, dude. The Force is strong with this one."
“She’s referred to as General,” director/co-writer J.J. Abrams tells EW. “But...there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’"
Actress Carrie Fisher said Leia is feeling pretty "solitary" when we meet her in The Force Awakens. She's also, "Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”
Abrams offered a meatier glimpse, and reflected on what it was like to bring back the original trio of Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford:
“The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there’s not much goofing around where Leia’s concerned. But it felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison, back in scenes together. I can only imagine the baggage that they bring to it, I’m just a fan who loves this stuff, but they’ve been living with it—and living in it—since ’77.”
While you're at it, go hit up the newest Star Wars trailer, a revealing Japanese edition (in English).