Now, for all that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was about as widely beloved as is possible for a major franchise reboot to be in this day and age, it still had its problems. Sure, there was no Jar Jar, and the CGI wasn't utterly unnecessary and painful to watch, but there were still some elements of the film that fans took issue with. One of the most frustrating of those for devotees of the Original Trilogy? The surprising lack of screen time for one General Leia Organa, as played by Carrie Fisher. Now, in part, that was the inevitable result of Han Solo's prominence within the movie — his story arc required him to be parted from Leia, leaving her with a limited number of possible scenes — but it was something of a blow to longtime fans of the princess. What's more, with next year's Episode VIII looking set to be very much Luke Skywalker's story, the overall impression has remained that Leia isn't set for a whole lot of screen time in the immediate future.
From the sounds of it, though...
Carrie Fisher's Episode VIII Role May Be Expanding During Reshoots
That, at least, is what many fans have taken from the recent announcement that Fisher's appearance at this year's New York Comic-Con (coming October 6–9, con-fans) will be substantially curtailed by none other than her Episode VIII filming commitments.
Which, with principal photography having wrapped awhile back, seems to suggest that Fisher was unexpectedly required back for more reshoots than were originally anticipated (hence the pulling back of her time at NYCC). If true, then we may well be seeing a little more of Leia in Episode VIII than was previously planned, which is surely good news for anyone devoted to the Original Trilogy — or simply a fan of being made to cry, whoop and cheer.
After all, while Luke and Rey bond over their shared love of fighting the dark side, General Organa has a Resistance to rebuild (and a whole lot of grieving to do). And who doesn't want to see more of that sort of emotional and moral complexity?
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