When Carrie Fisher was announced that she would return to star in The Force Awakens to reprise her role of Princess Leia, many assumed she would take the title Queen Leia but that’s not the case. During an interview with director J.J. Abrams, he reveals that she is entirely focused on leading the resistance to victory and in order to achieve that she has dropped the title “princess” altogether and has taken a new title.
“She’s referred to as General, but … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’ The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there’s not much goofing around where Leia’s concerned. But it felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison, back in scenes together. I can only imagine the baggage that they bring to it, I’m just a fan who loves this stuff, but they’ve been living with it — and living in it — since ’77.”