Leia Organa Gets a New Title for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Leia Organa won’t be called “Princess” in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, except by one person

She’s known to the galaxy at large and the entire “Star Wars” fan community as Princess Leia, but in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Alderaan native diplomat will be getting a new title.

“She’s referred to as General,” director and co-writer J.J. Abrams tells EW. “But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’…The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there’s not much goofing around where Leia’s concerned, but it felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison, back in scenes together. I can only imagine the baggage that they bring to it, I’m just a fan who loves this stuff, but they’ve been living with it — and living in it — since ’77.”

Actress Carrie Fisher went on to describe the character in the upcoming film, calling her: “Solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”

You can check out some recently-revealed images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including some shots of General Leia, in the gallery below and read what Harrison Ford had to say about Han Solo’s role in the film by clicking here.

Opening in theaters on December 18, 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the highly-anticipated movie stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.