Movie screencaptures, behind the scenes photo and a new still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been added to the gallery.
Billie Lourd was on the red carpet for Fox’s Scream Queens at Paleyfest on Saturday night. We’ll have a full story on Scream Queens later but we got the chance to ask Lourd about her brief appearance in theStar Wars saga. As you probably know, Lourd is Carrie Fisher’s daughter and you may have spotted her in the Resistance base scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But will she return for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII?
So, first of all, Rian Johnson has definitely asked Lourd to appear in Episode VIII, she tells us.
“Yes,” Lourd said. “I can’t say much about it but yes.”
Another reporter on the press line even asked Lourd what is next for her, and Star Wars is the only upcoming project she brought up.
“I am working on Star Wars VIII but that’s all I can say,” she said.
Now don’t worry if you’re reading this thinking, “Who did Billie Lourd play in The Force Awakens and why is she in the next one?” She was an Easter egg to pay homage to the Fisher legacy, but her character was Lieutenant Connix. Since the former Princess Leia is now a general, Connix is in her unit. She asks her mom, “General, are you seeing this?” while Leia watches from her command center.
Wherever Johnson is taking the story, we can imagine General Leia has a need for her lieutenants. Lourd confirmed to us that her role will be bigger in Episode VIII, although not exactly how much more screen time she’d have.
“Oh yeah, yeah,” Lourd told us. “The last one was a little Where’s Waldo-y.”
Lourd knew enough to be cagey about her participation in the next Star Wars film, but also say enough with inflection that doesn’t translate into print. Our last question was would she have more scenes with her mother. Lourd’s suggestive answer implies that she very well could. She is Leia’s lieutenant, after all.
“Maaaaaybe,” Lourd said as she moved down the line.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is now filming. It will be released December 15, 2017. Scream Queens returns for season two on Fox in the fall.
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The special edition of People Magazine which features Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit stand today! Scans from the issue have been added to the gallery and can be viewed by clicking below! Don’t forget to get your own copy at your local store today!
Billie Lourd has said she’s not playing Princess Leia’s daughter in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, even though she’s the real-life daughter of Carrie Fisher.
But as PEOPLE’s exclusive first look at her top-secret character reveals, she has at least inherited Leia’s hairdo!
In PEOPLE’s special Star Wars collector’s edition, on newsstands today, Lourd reveals she had an obsession with the original movie when she was growing up.
“I made [my mom] watch it at least once a week – and on special occasions I would make her get in a lightsaber fight with me,” Lourd, 23, says. “Let’s just say the more trained Jedi usually won.”
Lourd’s destiny at first seemed to take a different path from her mom and dad’s (her father is CAA superagent Bryan Lourd). At 19, she was studying religion and psychology at New York University. At that age, her mom started production on the original movie as the now-iconic Princess Leia, up to her hair buns in a galactic war.