Leia has secretly hidden the blueprints for the Death Star , the Empire's moon-sized battle station, inside the astromech droid R2-D2 and has sent it to find one of the last remaining Jedi , Obi-Wan Kenobi , on the nearby planet of Tatooine.
Vader arrests Leia and has her tortured, but she resists revealing anything. Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin threatens to destroy her home planet Alderaan with the Death Star unless she reveals the location of the hidden Rebel base. She provides the location of an old, abandoned base, but Tarkin orders Alderaan to be destroyed anyway. After analyzing the Death Star's schematics, the Rebels find a tiny weakness in the battle station, which Luke uses to destroy it in his X-wing fighter.
The battle won, Leia bestows medals on the heroes at the hidden Rebel base on Yavin 4. She takes shots at the Storm Troopers boarding her ship, gets stunned with a blaster in her hand, then has the audacity to try to make Darth Vader feel ashamed of himself She has enough energy left over after a nasty session of torture to insult Grand Moff Tarkin. Some form of radar torture was done to me and I was in a beam, bruised and beaten up, suspended in midair.
The reason it was cut from the film was because I was unconscious and the Wookiee would have had to carry me for, like, the next fifteen minutes. They dodge pursuing Imperial TIE fighters by flying into an asteroid field when the Falcon's hyperdrive breaks down, with Leia piloting the ship at one point. Romance blossoms between Leia and Han during their flight from the Empire; while hiding in the stomach of a space slug, they finally share a kiss.
With his ship needing repairs, Han seeks out his old friend Lando Calrissian in Cloud City , the floating city over Bespin. Though he welcomes them graciously, Lando soon turns them over to a newly arrived Darth Vader, who hopes to use them as bait to capture Luke. Leia confesses her love for Han as he is frozen in carbonite and then handed over to bounty hunter Boba Fett , who is charged with bringing him to gangster Jabba the Hutt.
Lando helps Leia, Chewbacca and the two droids escape. Leia senses that Luke is in trouble, and goes back to save him after he is nearly killed during a lightsaber duel with Vader. But he would stay and give his love and support to Leia if she could just acknowledge that she needs him. She frees Han from the carbonite, but they are recaptured by Jabba.
Leia is now chained to Jabba as his slave, outfitted in a metal bikini. Lando disguised as a guard helps them overpower their captors, and Leia seizes the moment to strangle Jabba with her chain.
Luke and Leia swing to safety, blowing up Jabba's barge behind them. Later, the heroes go to the forest moon of Endor to prepare for a battle with the Empire. There, Luke reveals to Leia that she is his twin sister and that Vader is their father. Leia is slightly injured, but the Rebels, with help from the Ewoks , defeat the forces of the Empire. Fisher told Rolling Stone in , "In Return of the Jedi, [Leia] gets to be more feminine, more supportive, more affectionate.
But let's not forget that these movies are basically boys' fantasies. So the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes. And we know those two crazy kids are locked for life in Return of the Jedi when it turns out that Han has accepted a Generalship in the Rebellion, keeping it a secret from Leia.
Bouzereau quoted Lucas in The part that I never really developed is the death of Luke and Leia's mother.
I had a backstory for her in earlier drafts, but it basically didn't survive. When I got to Jedi, I wanted one of the kids to have some kind of memory of her because she will be a key figure in the new episodes I'm writing. But I really debated whether or not Leia should remember her. Film critic Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, "As we watch Anakin nearly melt in the lava, only to be put together, Frankenstein style, in a lab while Lucas intercuts scenes of Padme giving birth to the twins Luke and Leia, a link to genuine feeling is established at last.
The Force Awakens in Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed. When her forces foil a First Order attack searching for the Resistance astromech droid BB-8 , Leia is reunited with Han, who has helped the renegade stormtrooper Finn and orphaned scavenger Rey bring the droid this far.
Han and Leia have been estranged for many years; their marriage fell apart after their son, Ben, fell to the dark side and became the First Order commander Kylo Ren. Leia believes Ben can still be brought back to the light side. Han volunteers for a mission to infiltrate the First Order's Starkiller Base to disable its defensive shields.
Confronting Ren, Han tries to convince his son to leave the First Order, but Ren instead impales his father on his lightsaber. Why did she not take advantage of this natural Force strength that this character had. And one of the answers was that it was simply a choice that she made, that her decision to run the Rebellion, and ultimately this Resistance, and consider herself a General, as opposed to a Jedi.
It was simply a choice that she took". He also added, "I would like to think that there really isn't much of a ticking clock, and it's never too late And it's something that I think is an intrinsic piece of her character.
It was confirmed that she had completed filming her role in the film shortly before her death. Leia uses the Force to pull herself back to the ship. After recovering, she shoots and stuns Poe Dameron , who has mutinied against her successor, Vice Admiral Holdo. From his solitude on Ahch-To , Luke projects himself through the Force to the Resistance stronghold on Crait and reunites with Leia, apologizing for what happened to Ben.
Leia replies that she knows her son is gone, but Luke reassures her that "no one's ever really gone". Episode IX and speculated that Lucasfilm would need to find a way to address her death and what would become of her character. Filming is expected to begin in Since this movie takes place prior to the original Star Wars trilogy, a very young Leia was required.
From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker , the novelization of the original film Star Wars, which was released six months before the film in November Glut and Return of the Jedi by James Kahn. She is also a point of view character in the novelization of The Force Awakens by Foster. Leia also appears in the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens line of novels and comic books, introduced in conjunction with The Force Awakens to connect the film with previous installments.
Bloodline   and Leia: Princess of Alderaan Comics[ edit ] Leia is the lead character in the five-part comic limited series Star Wars: Princess Leia , set between Episode IV: She is featured prominently in the four-part comic limited series Star Wars: Shattered Empire , set immediately after Return of the Jedi. Leia also appears in the cartoon segment at a different Rebel Base, located in an asteroid field, and at the Life Day ceremony at the end of the film. We thought we had an opportunity to show her learning to be a leader, experimenting with the personality that becomes the stronger more resolute character you see in A New Hope.
One of the complex challenges of depicting Leia in Rebels is that we have to remind the audience that at this point she is part of the Empire.
She doesn't believe in the Empire, but she is acting the part, almost a double agent. Forces of Destiny[ edit ].