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Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, teases a bigger role in Star Wars Episode VIII

March 14th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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There was so much going on in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that some characters’ screen time had to be significantly reduced. One of those characters was Lieutenant Connix, played by Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd.

Lourd was making her acting debut in The Force Awakens and, because of that, it’s understandable that we only saw her in a couple of scenes.

In the movie, Lieutenant Connix worked directly under Carrie Fisher‘s General Leia Organa and the Lourd spoke to SlashFilm (via Squareeyed), confirming that she is indeed currently filming Episode VIII and that, although she obviously can’t divulge any specific details about Rian Johnson’s sequel, she teased a much bigger role.

“Oh yeah, yeah,” Lourd said when asked if her role will be bigger in Episode VIII. “The last one was a little Where’s Waldo-y.”

Also, when asked if she will have more scenes with her mother, Lourd gave a very intriguing ‘maaaaybe’ as her answer.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Johnson. This highly anticipated sequel continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Coming back are cast members Mark Hamill,Carrie Fisher, Adam DriverDaisy RidleyJohn BoyegaOscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. Production began on Star Wars: Episode VIII in February, with LucasFilm already setting a December 15, 2017 release date.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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