Who would have guessed the place to break major Star Wars news would be in a Palm Beach lifestyle magazine? Well, Fast Company spotted that Carrie Fisher—Princess Leia, to those of you who don't know—has now confirmed her participation in at least the first installment of Disney's coming trilogy (aka Star Wars: Episode Middle-Aged), by way of a Q&A with Palm Beach Illustrated. Fisher, who was recently hospitalized for her bipolar disorder, was asked point-blank: "Can you confirm whether you’ll reprise the role of Princess Leia?" She responded: "Yes." That being said, based on the follow-up questions, it doesn't look like we're getting any plot details out of her, unless the new installment is some version of The Best Exotic Marigold Hoth:
What do you think Princess Leia is like today?
Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home [laughs].
I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.
And still wearing the bagel buns?
The bagel buns and the bikini, because probably she has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she’s 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized.
The rumors of the original leads returning to the franchise for Episode VII have been ablaze ever since a report was released that Harrison Ford would be returning as Han Solo. That said, according to an interview last month with Luke Skywalker—ahem, Mark Hamill—nothing is official. Hamill told ET that "they're talking to us," adding: "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts. We're in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed -- on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am."
So does Carrie Fisher's somewhat bizarre confirmation confirm the rest? Your guess as as good as ours.
Update Thursday: A rep told CNN that it was all a joke.