Carrie Fisher's daughter cast in Star Wars

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 June 2014
Carrie and Billie

Carrie Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd

'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams has cast Carrie Fisher's daughter in the upcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII' to play a younger version of her character Princess Leia

Carrie Fisher's daughter has been cast in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

The 57-year-old actress reprises her role as Princess Leia in the upcoming latest instalment of the sci-fi series, which is currently being filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, southeast England.

And although her daughter Billie Lourd is a relative unknown, director J.J. Abrams is said to have chosen her to play a young version of her mother's character because of their visual similarities.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Billie flew into the UK to join her mother earlier this month.

"She will even have her hair tied up in Princess Leia-style buns. She's an aspiring actress and singer so she grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

"Carrie backed the move as she wanted somebody in her family to play her most famous role."

Lourd - whose father is entertainment agent Bryan Lourd - will feature in flashback scenes as a younger version of Princess Leia, hero Luke Skywalker's sister, whom her mother portrayed in the first three 'Star Wars' films.

Meanwhile, Abrams has also created walk-on parts for his father Gerald and father-in law James H. McGrath Jr., who both appeared in 'Star Trek' under his direction.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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