ByEleanor Tremeer, writer at Creators.co
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Eleanor Tremeer

In recent weeks, the topic of Leia's role in Star Wars has become all the more relevant, and it's a discussion that is fraught with contention. But as Disney/Lucasfilm begin talks with Carrie Fisher's estate about the late actress' continued appearance in Star Wars Episode VIII and IX, some people are looking back rather than forward.

With #RogueOne, Lucasfilm kickstarted the "Star Wars Stories", anthology movies that explore different parts of the canon than the episodic saga films. Two more planned films have been announced: One that follows Han Solo before he met Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, and one that focuses on the enigmatic Boba Fett. Naturally, this has lead many fans to ask for a Leia solo movie, to finally tell the story of how she became the youngest senator in history — before swiftly becoming a Rebel Alliance double agent.

Leia watches the Battle of Yavin. [Credit: Lucasfilm]
Leia watches the Battle of Yavin. [Credit: Lucasfilm]

And fans aren't the only ones who want to see Leia's story on the big screen. Millie Bobby Brown, of #StrangerThings fame, is gunning for the part of the galaxy's most famous rebel princess.

From Eleven To Leia

Speaking at the Rhode Island Comic Con, Millie Bobby Brown expressed her enthusiasm to portray this iconic scifi character when asked what her ideal role would be.

"Princess Leia. If they made – I think they are making another Star Wars – I would love a role like that. Because I want to do something far from Eleven."

At 12 years old, Millie Bobby Brown might have to wait a few years until she's old enough to play Leia — but considering Leia became a senator at age 14, there's not much of an age difference. Many fans have already rallied around the idea of Brown playing Leia, considering her to be perfect for the role.

Brown's breakout role as Eleven in Stranger Things proved she's capable of pretty much anything when it comes to acting, and it's easy to imagine her as a young Leia Organa, debating with skeezy senators, leading Rebel missions, and facing down Darth Vader — who, as it was established in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was an old enemy of Leia's.

However, by focusing on too many characters from the Original Trilogy, Lucasfilm risk being rather repetitive with their anthology movies. Rogue One already showed us a more up-close-and-personal view of the Rebellion, and with the Han Solo movie telling us his origin story, it's possible that Lucasfilm may want to branch out further into the #StarWars mythos for other films.

Having said that, with the Boba Fett movie being greenlit, this leaves the door open for all your favorite characters to get a solo movie. There is still so much of Leia's story left untold, and I for one would love to see more of the rebel princess's adventures on the big screen — or, for that matter, on the small screen, although a live action Star Wars TV show may be years in the future.

Poll

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[Source: AV Club]