The Next Star Wars Spinoff Should Be About Young Princess Leia Organa

Every Star Wars fan has their idea of what the next spinoff title should be, but I personally believe it's time for a Princess Leia: A Star Wars Story. Obviously a better title would be ideal, but keeping with the current offshoot films would mean that last bit.

Why, you ask? Hopefully that would be pretty self-explanatory. If we needed a prequel to tell the story of Han Solo, then why NOT Princess Leia Organa? The self-rescuing princess is an enduring icon of female strength in science fiction, she manages to get herself (and her male rescuers) out of trouble more often than not.

Millie Bobbie Brown at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 21, 2018.
LOS ANGELES – JAN 21: Millie Bobbie Brown at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Press Room at Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA
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Who should play her?  Honestly, the first name that comes to mind is Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things. She's the right age, and her resemblance to a young Carrie Fisher is pretty uncanny.  Same knowing brown eyes, same infectious smile.

The only problem would be her height, and even that isn't too far off. Carrie stood a mere 5'1, and Millie measures in at 5'3. So, not too bad.

There is a Princess-centric novel out there called Leia: Princess of Alderaan which follows a 16-year old Leia as she struggles to make her (adopted) parents proud and serve her people. This would be a GREAT starting point for a tale about the future Resistance General.

An excerpt from the book:

"I was raised on politics, but it never harmed the family. Resisting the Empire never seemed to conflict with storytime, or trips together as a family, or… Or wonderful, sunlit afternoons spent riding my thranta."

It could show us who she was growing up, introduce some characters she knew as a young senator — like Amylin Holdo for example — and set the stage for her growth into the leader we know today. There would need to be strong political intrigue, some pilot training (we know she's good helming the Falcon), and maybe some glimmers of her Force sensitivity.

As author John Scalzi points out, maybe another female-led flick would reset the box office tone that Solo seems to have lost.

Get on this, Disney. We need a Galactic Princess story stat.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

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