Debbie Reynolds Confirms Billie Lourde’s involvement in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
During her final show in Las Vegas this past weekend, Debbie Reynolds confirmed that her granddaughter, Billie Lourd, has indeed been working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
More after the jump…
After more than 50 years of shows, Debbie Reynolds bid adieu to the Las Vegas Strip over the weekend with a trio of farewell performances at the South Point Casino. During the final concert on Sunday night, according to this article published at vegasseven.com, she was joined onstage by her daughter, Carrie Fisher, and by other members of her family.
Fisher came onstage first, and mother and daughter spent several minutes joking with each other and with the audience about show business and even occasionally about their own much-publicized family dramas. The article then goes on to say:
They were joined by Debbie’s son/Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd. Debbie mentioned that Carrie and Billie had been working on Star Wars: Episode VII–The Force Awakens with “Harrison Ford… and the other boychik.” It was probably the most tepid applause ever evoked by mention of a Star Wars movie—say that to a room of fanboys with Princess Leia right there and the howling might cause permanent hearing loss.
Okay, sure, this may not be an official press release or anything, but I strongly suspect that if Grandma says that Billie is in Star Wars, then Billie is probably in Star Wars. ;^)
All kidding aside, this would indeed seem to be pretty strong confirmation of previous rumors that Billie Lourd will play a role in The Force Awakens. What role that might be remains a mystery. To say that director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the production have been tight-lipped about the details of the new Star Wars film and the roles that new members of the cast will play is, of course, a massive understatement. The rumor mill has been all over the map on this one – from assumptions that Lourd merely has a cameo role similar to those that George Lucas’ children had in the Prequel Trilogy, to rumblings that Lourd will portray Princess Leia’s daughter or even Princess Leia herself in a flashback scene.
Personally, I suspect that the truth probably falls somewhere in the middle. While the fact that she has little or no professional acting experience makes it very hard for me buy the notion that Billie Lourd will play a lead role in the movie – and Princess Leia’s daughter would almost certainly be a lead role – I also don’t get the impression that she’ll just be standing silently in the background nodding sagely at some bit of expositional dialogue between the main characters either. I’m thinking maybe something like a nightclub singer, a fighter pilot or a diplomatic aide – a role with a bit of screen time and maybe a handful of lines.
There’s really no way of telling at this point exactly what to expect to see from her in TFA. However, Reynolds’ statement does at least lend some fairly undeniable support to previous public statements that have been made about Lourd having at least some role in the new film. Remember back in June of this year when Carrie Fisher’s assistant, Abe Gurko, posted (and later deleted) the following tweet?
Given that we now have another member of Lourd’s family making public statements to this effect… might this also lend additional weight to the rumors that Maisie Richardson Sellers is also part of the TFA cast? It would certainly seem that way, wouldn’t it?
For now, though, the answer to that one is still sealed up nice and tight in J.J.’s “Mystery Box”…
(Thanks to Harry Tyler for giving us the heads up on this one!)