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UPDATED 3/7/2013: The erstwhile Leia has a new party line: Just kidding! CNN got a hold of one of Carrie Fisher's reps, who, presumably to the sound of lightsaber-wielding nerds' hearts around the world breaking, said that she was joking.
"She was joking," the rep said. "Nothing has been announced."
Or, as our resident reading-between-the-lines specialists here at NextMovie would say, nothing has been announced...yet.
PREVIOUSLY: It would appear that a certain "Star Wars" alum is preparing for a triumphant return to a galaxy far, far away.
Carrie Fisher more or less confirmed that she'll be reprising her role of Princess Leia Organa (now Leia Solo, we would assume) in at least some future "Star Wars" film in a recent interview with Palm Beach Illustrated.
Fisher wasn't coy at all when asked about her involvement in the new series, coming across as the exact opposite of the highly secretive J.J. Abrams:
Q: Disney is going to continue the Star Wars saga, producing movies set to hit theaters starting in 2015. Can you confirm whether you'll reprise the role of Princess Leia?
Carrie Fisher: Yes.
Fisher also had fun with her answers when asked what Princess Leia might be like today, 30 years after the release of the last film we saw her in (at least as an adult), "Return of the Jedi."
"[She's] elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home," laughed Fisher. "I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."
Fisher also joked (or did she?) that we might be seeing Leia embracing a certain familiar style with both her hair and wardrobe.
"[She's still wearing] the bagel buns and the bikini, because probably she has sundowners syndrome," said Fisher. "At sundown, she thinks that she’s 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized."
This is highly amusing and all, but don't consider it to be an official confirmation of Fisher's involvement with "Episode VII" just yet. The likely scenario is that Disney is working out contracts with Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, and we'll be getting some sort of announcement in an actual press release once all of that is settled.
Though, ya know ... Carrie Fisher probably still looks good in those bagel buns. Maybe in the metal slave bikini, too.