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For almost 40 years she's been known to the world as Princess Leia, but now J.J. Abrams has revealed that in the upcoming [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) Leia will be going under a very different title.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Abrams divulged her new designation:

"She’s referred to as General. But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her 'Princess.'"

Hmm, one character slips up and calls her 'Princess,' do they? I have a fair guess of who that might be...

While Leia's new title is nothing short of awesome, Carrie Fisher (who is totally fine with not being "Princess" Leia anymore), thinks that the other characters in the film should address Leia in a very different way:

"People should say, 'Hey! You! My one true joy!'"

Hey, as much as I like the sound of "General Leia," Fisher's suggestion also has a great ring to it!

Since Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope was released in 1977, the character of Princess Leia has been seen as an inspiration and role model for girls and women alike, no mean feat for a character who is simultaneously seen by many as a sex symbol. But now that Leia is much older, and has a new and powerful title, what does Fisher hope that the original generation of fans might take away from the character? Her response, to be honest, is pretty inspirational: "Never give up."

Awesome. Long live General Leia!

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be released in cinemas on December 18th.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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