Carrie Fisher wanted to play Han Solo in "Star Wars" and honestly, we should have let her
If you’re thinking that today is the perfect day to celebrate the life and legacy of Carrie Fisher, you are wrong, because EVERYDAY is the best day to celebrate the life and legacy of Carrie Fisher. Every. Day. Now that this fierce and funny lady is gone, we’ve just got to celebrate her harder, and more intense, than we ever did before.
If you’re wondering where to start with this ~Forever Carrie Fisher~ celebration, the best place might be at the very beginning with her role in Star Wars as Princess Leia. But, Carrie didn’t actually want to play Princess Leia in Star Wars. She wanted to play Han Solo.
Yeah, we get that. And honestly, we should have let her play the wise-talking, smooth, space criminal. That movie would have been good.
Carrie has commented before on the fact that Han Solo is the best character in Star Wars, and…we’re going to agree. As she writes in her latest book, The Princess Diarist, she first read the script way back in the 1970s with her friend, Miguel Ferrer (who was reading Han’s dialogue…and is also the daughter of Rosemary Clooney and cousin of George) and they both fell in love with the character of Han.
But, Han was a boy and Carrie was auditioning for the role of Leia, a role she successfully landed. Obviously, Leia shot her to stardom, but even years later, she was still thinking about Han. In an old interview with Australia’s Today, Carrie explains that she never really wanted to be an actress, but she wanted to be in Star Wars. As Han Solo.
Before we even knew what it meant to smash the patriarchy, Carrie Fisher was doing just that. Maybe in an alternate universe (which is, right now the better/happier universe) Carrie got her wish and piloted the Millennium Falcon herself. Yeah, we’d watch that movie every single day.