Since the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, the number one issue that’s been dominating the social media waves has arguably been how this affects the story line of Episodes 8 and 9.
While it’s common knowledge that all her scenes have been shot for Ep.8, what to do about Ep.9 seems to still be up in the air. The only thing to be confirmed is that they will not be resurrecting Carrie Fisher through the use of CGI.
While there has been several drip feeds from Lucasfilm, as well as the various rumours, it seems the consensus is that General Leia will be written out of the final movie. Possibly by killing her, either on screen or off.
But I have a different idea.
I know many around the world feel that characters can only be played by one person, specifically the person that created that character. But how often has that been proved wrong?
- James Bond
- The Joker
- Jack Ryan
- Robin Hood
- Sherlock Holmes
- Even the entire cast of the original Star Trek!
And yes, some of them have been worse, but some have also been better.
When it comes to Leia, I firmly see a character that has transcended the original actress that played her. Carrie Fisher will always have a special place in our hearts, but Leia is so much more. In the same way we will one day have recast younger actors playing all our fan favourites, there is no reason why this also can’t be applied to the older characters.
But who should play her?
I don’t think the role would go to someone completely unknown. If we’re looking for an actress in her 60s, then chances are she’ll be someone who is somewhat semi-known to the public.
While there are a variety of choices, I would ignore any consideration of how Leia was when she was younger. What we’re looking for is someone who can play a General who has been fighting against an oppressive regime for almost her entire life.
With that in mind…
I’m basing this choice mainly on Jones’ performance in season 7 and 8 of 24. There she showed her ability to play a beleaguered leader, consistently under stress, yet able to still stand up for the ideals she believed in. If that isn’t General Leia, I don’t know what is. Cherry Jones is absolutely my top choice for General Leia.
Captain Kathryn Janeway. Need I say more?
Yes, Yes I do. Because Star Trek: Voyager was terrible. But Mulgrew was a shining light who, in her role, showed a character pushed far beyond what could be expected of her. The ability to take command of hundreds in the face of overwhelming odds is exactly what General Leia is, and Mulgrew would be a great choice.
Of all my choices, this is the one I’m most unsure about. I firmly believe that O’Toole would have made an incredible Princess Leia back in the 70s. But I’m not 100% sure if she has what it takes to bring General Leia to life.
This one was actually a recommendation from a friend, but apparently Feldshuh’s performance as politician Deanna Monroe in The Walking Dead is somewhat reminiscent of what Carrie Fisher brought to the role. After seeing a few clips it does seem she has the ability to play the graceful, yet unyielding military leader that is General Leia.
Channing is technically a little too old for the role, being that she’s in her mid-70s. But man, she’d make a great General Leia. If you haven’t seen her performance as Abbey Bartlet in The West Wing, then you’ve truly missed out on an awesome screen performance.
Okay, Plakson is obviously waaaaaay too tall, (She’s the same height as Harrison Ford!) But let’s live a little. Based on her role as the Klingon Ambassador, K’Ehleyr, I think she would be amazing in the role of General Leia, and would be more than able to bring a sense of stoicism in the face of overwhelming evil.
Now Olin hasn’t done a huge amount of work in Hollywood. Being Swedish most of her work is in Europe. Most of you probably recognise her from the TV show Alias, where she played Irina Derevko. It was an astounding performance, her character full of strength and occasionally vulnerable. If there’s anyone that could bring that special touch that Carrie Fisher had, it’s undoubtedly Lena Olin.
Agree with any of my choices? Think all of them are terrible? Who would you pick to play the role of General Leia?
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Cherry Jones is one I had not considered, but I agree she seems she’d be a great fit. She or Kate Mulgrew could, I think, really pull off the role. And if the rumors are true that Leia figures more heavily into the story for Episode IX than for The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, I’d really prefer the story not be drastically compromised. Carrie Fisher will always be the definitive Leia (just as Sean Connery is the definitive screen James Bond), but others can also do the character justice and the story — the SAGA — must be larger than any one actor, however beloved. After all, Connery is the definitive movie 007, but I came to enjoy Brosnan and Craig as much or more, nevertheless.
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Totally agree on the James Bond aspect. We just now have to wait and see what Disney do!
Kare Mulgrew would be perfect as Gen Leia Organa IMO
Part of me feels like, OH HELL NO!!! But part of me whispers “Mary McDonnell”. AKA Stands WIth a Fist, aka Laura Roslin. She’s a little older than Carrie, but she’s a great possibility.
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Awesome choice! I used to watch BSG religiously. Can’t believe I forgot about her.
I love the idea of Tovah Feldshuh as Princess Leia in the Episode IX. She has my vote! Also consider this, I can’t help but think of something most people might call absurd so here goes… Imagine how J.J. Abrams could bring some magic to the screen through actress Bette Midler as General Organa.
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lol. You’re right, that is hard to imagine! But considering JJ managed to recast the entire crew of Star Trek, if there’s anyone that could get Bette Midler to work, it’s him!
Cherry Jones Will Cast as Leia.
I’d Vote Cherry Jones as Princess Leia.