Bad Dad

So Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd is reportedly being cast as a young Princess Leia in Star Wars VII. There’s been no official confirmation of this yet AFAIK; and always in motion is the future.

Carrie Fisher, left; Billie Lourd, right

But suppose it’s true. That probably implies a flashback. (I say “probably” because it could always be a holo-recording or something.) So the question is: why do the makers of this film want to include a flashback, and in particular one focusing on Leia? I offer a hypothesis.

Of all the Star Wars characters who are a) extremely popular, and b) not still alive in this movie, which would audiences most like to see in a flashback? Surely the answer is: Darth Vader. A Star Wars geek like Abrams would presumably love to direct a scene with Vader; and the suits at Disney would doubtless love to see Vader using his money-attracting powers in their new film. Hence the attraction of a flashback in a series that has not heretofore been big on flashbacks.

So where does Leia come in? Well, in the original movie when we first see Vader confronting Leia, he says, “You weren’t on any mercy mission this time,” implying a previous interaction. (A 1981 Star Wars radio-play even dramatises that previous interaction.) Might Abrams’ flashback be to that purported “mercy mission”?

“Plotting to overthrow the government, young lady? You are grounded!”
“But Daaad …”

If so, it’s possible that Tarkin will be in it too, since Leia’s words “I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s leash; I recognized your foul stench when I was brought onboard” suggest both that she’d met Tarkin before and that he’d been in Vader’s company when she did.

Why, diegetically, might there be a flashback in Ep. VII? Perhaps as part of some Jedi meditation trance on Leia’s part. (And if they want to have a meditation flashback for Luke too, well, Abrams can always just clean up and enhance the deleted Tatooine scenes from Ep. IV. Maybe Koo Stark will finally have her Star Wars moment on the big screen!)

4 Responses to Bad Dad

  1. Brandon July 2, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    It would just be the same thing as Abrams’ two Star Blech movies — instead of breaking new ground, they’ll just reshoot what’s already been in past continuity, playing it safe. It’s what I’ve been afraid of since he was hired.

    • Roderick July 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

      Benedict Cumberbatch: I … am … JAAAABBAAA!!!

      Leia: But you don’t look anything like Jabba.

      Benedict Cumberbatch: I … am … JAAAABBAAA!!!

      • Roderick July 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

        Abrams presumably has less script control this time around though.

  2. Richard O. Hammer July 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder of all those Star Wars movies I loved. And Leia whom I loved. I have to admit I did not know who Tarkin was. But what wonderful resources we have now: a Wikipedia page on Tarkin!

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