This latest bit of Star Wars casting news comes as a no-brainer!
According to reports, Carrie Fisher’s only child, Billie Lourd, will play a young Princess Leia in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. A source at The Sun says the 21-year-old aspiring actress and singer has already joined her mother on set in the U.K.
Carrie is reprising her role as the bun-loving princess from the franchise’s first three films, whom Billie is set to portray in flashbacks. Director J.J. Abrams is said to have picked the young actress — whose father is entertainment agent Bryan Lourd — due to the visual similarities between her and her mother.
“Carrie backed the move as she wanted somebody in her family to play her most famous role,” the source told The Sun, adding Billie “grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”
J.J. has a history of keeping casting within the family. He’s created walk-on parts for both his father Gerald and father-in-law James H. McGrath Jr. in the 2015 sci-fi thriller and previously included them in his 2009 flick, Star Trek.
Although casting news has dominated the Star Wars world in recent months, the set’s biggest headline came when actor Harrison Ford, who portrays Han Solo, broke his leg during filming earlier this month.
He is expected to miss six to eight weeks of production while his injury heals.