J.J. Abrams Explains Princess Leia's Transition to General, Weighs In on Jar Jar Binks Fan Theory

During a Sirius XM Town Hall, the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director says the reason why Leia is no longer called 'princess' in the upcoming movie is simply because she grew up.

AceShowbiz - J.J. Abrams discussed Princess Leia's transition to general in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during a Sirius XM Town Hall on Monday, November 30. According to the 49-year-old director, the character played by %cCarrie Fisher% is no longer called "princess" because she grew up.

"I think it's sort of like any of us, you like to think you evolve and go through life experiences and become something else," Abrams explained. "But the truth is we're all kind of who we are. My guess is most of us would say, 'I'm kind of the kid I was, still.' But I also think both are true."

"It's a little bit, almost a nature-nurture thing. You are who you are naturally, but as you go through life, you harden in some ways, you hopefully become more enlightened in others. Her evolution from princess to general is part of her life experience, but she's always going to be Leia," he added.

During the panel, Abrams was also asked to cite his favorite bit of fan speculation. He mentioned a fan theory about Jar Jar Binks being an evil. "I'm sure there are some I don't know, but the one I heard that I think is so great is the Jar Jar is a Sith one," the director said. "There was this unbelievably lengthy analysis, in a very seriously thought-out way, as to why it's obviously true that he is [evil]. That to me is remarkable."

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens", starring Fisher, %cHarrison Ford%, %cMark Hamill%, %cOscar Isaac%, %cJohn Boyega%, %cDaisy Ridley%, %cPeter Mayhew% and %cAdam Driver%, is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on December 18.

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