Princess Leia Has a New Name in The Force Awakens

Meet the General.

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In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams reveals that Princess Leia will go by a different name in the upcoming film. The character, played by Carrie Fisher, will be known as the General in The Force Awakens, which hits theaters in just over a month.

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"She's referred to as General," Abrams said. "But … there's a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her 'Princess.'" Who might that be? Abrams didn't say.

Abrams also explains that General's storyline will be quite serious, at least compared to past movies.

"The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there's not much goofing around where Leia's concerned," Abrams said. "But it felt historic to have her, especially with [Han Solo actor Harrison Ford], 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."

Fisher and Ford appear in The Force Awakens as their iconic characters. Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill is also in The Force Awakens, though his character has been far more mysterious than Leia or Solo.

The Force Awakens opens on December 18. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Ford, Fisher, and Hamill.

Entertainment Weekly has also released more than two dozen new Force Awakens images. See them here.

In other news, Abrams has announced that his Bad Robot studio is working on an action-strategy RPG with the makers of Infinity Blade.

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General Leia

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@crazypanther:

Grandma Leia

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The more I read this guy's articles, the more I am convinced anyone can get a writing job. Seriously, it's a title not a name, even as he decides to say General as her name haflway through the article, JJ Abrams says Leia, because it's her name.

That aside, this movie seems interesting, just wish I was more of a Star Wars fan, really just some of the games I find interesting (looking forward to the new Battlefront). But I'm hoping this movie starts to get me into it.

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I have to imagine that Luke's entrance in the movie is going to t be a pretty big deal and they just want to save up that tension for everyone. Hope it works and I hope this is actually more serious and dark than the last 3. ESB is still the best, and the last 3 were too Disney-fied.

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@esqueejy: the last three weren't Disney.

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@Dacendarin: yep def lucas and not disney nice try tho

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It's gonna suck

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the general???? :S mmmmk then.... getting worried now, thought JJ liked star wars? thought he only ruined star trek for original fans because he didnt care for it, hmmmm

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@tsuingosuto1985: I agree man, most of people think that this star wars will be good, let them dream, I bet with some of them to come back the day of release to see if their JJ abrams is so good. I guess nobody will be in the forum that day, because they will not take any responsibilities about their new star wars crap.

pfff JJ abrams, super 8, Armageddon, cloverfield, the next one on that list for crap movies: star wars 7.

I would rather buy the entire star wars box now, before they add this crap into it.

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@tsuingosuto1985: Learn to troll better.

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Call the General now to save on your auto insurance.

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Does Han grab her boob again this time around??

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@analgrin: That would be considered sexual harassment and that won't fit in with the feminist theme.

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oook then.

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General is a title...

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Carrie Fisher is a prime example of a celebrity who has destroyed her face with plastic surgery.

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@RossRichard: Drugs, Cigarettes and Alcohol ruined her face. Plastic Surgery nearly fixed it.

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@RossRichard: she didnt have plastic surgery... LOL just aging and stress and likely alcohol/drug dude

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@RossRichard: More like destroyed her body with drugs and alcohol. A shame but at least she has been recovering for a while now.

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@RossRichard: Isn't plastic surgery supposed to get rid of wrinkles?? I'm not sure she has had any work done as she looks about 70 and she's "only" 59.

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@RossRichard: Actually shes a prime example of bi polar disorder and using alcohol to deal with it.

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@EcksTheory : Wasn't that Margot Kidder?

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@Isamu_36: There's more than one spot available.

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it's not a different name, it's a different title.

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So she's not a Disney Princess anymore? : (

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@VirtualTofu: Kinda hard to still be a princess when your entire planet got vaporized decades ago.

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Sorry Mario but the General is in another castle

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Do we really need a fucking (minor) plot point for a movie on the front page of a GAMING website? What the hell Gamespot?

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@Cloudslash: The fact she has a new name is a plot point? Really? What part of the story does that give away?

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Hard to be a princess of a vaporised planet XD

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Obviously it's Link;
Excuuuuse me Princess.

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Carrie Fisher is not aged well at all. Just look at Harison Ford who is in his mid 70s. Yikes.

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@lostn: Meh, most people do not age well. If anything, her looks now are a realistic depiction of aging.

She has had a pretty good career, surprisingly, post-Star Wars. Nothing major, but consistent work.

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@mrbojangles25: By Hollywood standards, that is not aging well. Most actors get work done on their face in order to stay relevant longer. I don't think she did. And I do know she's been overweight for a long time. Top billing actors take care of themselves, and look decent at her age. I know it didn't even happen recently for her. She's been out of shape for maybe about 20 years now.

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Star Wars is boring.

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@saturatedbutter: Anakin's actor is pretty sweet if you ask me.

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Princess to what? That heap of rubble that used to be Alderaan.

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@billzihang: Yep and there's nothing left from her planet to claim herself princess or any type of royalty for that matter.

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Good character move; honest progression for that character.

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@Chernnunos: mark my words - they can carrie the movie all on their own.

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@Lunastra78: I'm surprised they could aFord to get most of them back.

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@Lunastra78: have a Guinness on me

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@J_P-: It's a trap!

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@J_P-: Good point

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@J_P-: Canon RUINED!

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