Princess Leia is a fictional female naboon senator who works for Rebel Alliance in the Star Wars franchise. She has been portrayed on screen by Carrie Fisher. Princess Leia Organa is the main female character in the original Star Wars films. The Princess is never referred to as anything other than Princess or Leia, the Organa is rarely used. In the expanded universe, Leia marries Han Solo and becomes known as Princess Leia Organa-Solo. The Princess begins as a damsel in distress then as the films progress, Leia is revealed to be one of the commanders of the Rebellion. Leia is the twin daughter of disgraced Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. After her mother died in childbirth, she was adopted by Bail Organa. As a baby, Leia was spirited away by Bail Organa to live with him and his wife on the planet of Alderaan. The other twin Luke Skywalker is taken to Anakin`s relatives on the planet of Tatooine. The twins lead separate lives but ultimately will both meet again to take on their father who has now become a Dark Lord of the Sith. Leia grows up to become a Princess and the Senator for her planet Alderaan.
At the beginning of the film, Leia is travelling on the Tantive IV on a peace mission when the Tantive IV is captured by Darth Vader. The Princess is able to hide the plans of the Empire`s new Death Star in the memory banks of R2-D2 before she is captured. For the majority of the film, Leia is held in side the Death Star and is questioned by both Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin in the hope Leia will reveal the location of the hidden rebel base. Tarkin threatens to blow up Leia`s planet of Alderaan if Leia doesn`t reveal the location of the secret Rebel base. Leia reveals the base is on Dantooine but it is not enough to stop Tarkin from blowing up Alderaan. Leia is forced to watch as the Death Star destroys her planet along with the billions of lives that live on the planet. Leia manages to hold out and not tell the Empire what they want. When Han Solo and Luke Skywalker arrive to rescue her, Leia doesn`t quite get on well with Han Solo. Han sees Leia as being ungrateful of him and Luke being there to rescue her. Unlike her brother and future husband, Leia does not take part in the final battle against the Death Star. At the end of the movie, Leia hands medals to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca.
Princess Leia hair was famous for having it done up in buns at the side of her head. At the end when she is handing the bravery awards, her hair is tied up at the back. Her hair buns was only ever in this film and has gone in film lore ever since and been copied in many other works including the television series Friends.
At the beginning of the film, Princess Leia is with the Rebels on the planet of Hoth. When Luke Skywalker is rescued from his attack by the Wampa, Leia who is unaware of her connection to Luke kisses Luke on the lips. The kissing is meat to make Han Solo jealous. When the Empire arrive and the order is given to evacuate, Leia escapes from the oncoming Empire assault by flying out with Han, C-3PO and Chewbacca in the Millenium Falcon. The Millenium Falcon avoids the Empire star ships by hiding out in asteroid belt. During the their time in the belt, Leia and Han come close to kissing but C-3PO interrupts the two and the moment is gone. After escaping from the asteroid belt, Han takes the Millenium to Cloud City on the gas giant of Bespin.
In Cloud City, Lando Calrissian tries his luck with Leia but is rebuffed with a little help from Han. When the Empire show their faces, Leia goes into action to attempt to rescue Han Solo who has been frozen in carbonite but Boba Fett leaves Cloud City before Leia has a chance to rescue him. Just as Han is being put into carbonite, Leia calls out to Han to tell him she loves him. Han replies and says `He knows`.
Leia turns up at Jabba, the Hutt`s palace on Tatooine to claim the reward on Chewbacca which after some bartering, Jabba accepts. That night, Leia defrosts Han Solo but is caught by Jabba who forces her into wearing a metal bikini to becomes one of his slave women. The bikini would go down in legend and has become part of the Star Wars culture. The bikini has appeared in Friends, the television series set in New York and in the series Chuck about the comical secret agent. Carrie Fisher took quite a lot of persuading before she agreed to wear the metal bikini. Whilst it might seem appropriate at the time to show the way the gangster treated women, its no longer seen as appropriate and Disney is removing the bikini and references to it from Star Wars stores. ref:Gizmo. Carrie strongly advises that Daisy Ridley, aka Rey resists any move to do the same with her character.
Luke Skywalker turns up to attempt a rescue but initially fails and Jabba tries to have Luke fed to the Rancor under his palace. After failing to kill Luke, Jabba takes the rebels (Luke, Han and Chewbacca) to the Sarlaac Pit to be eaten by a giant monster. During the fight over the Sarlacc Pit, Leia strangles Jabba to death. Leia managed to escape with Han, Lando, Chewbacca and C-3PO to join up with the Rebellion to plot the next move against the Empire.
Leia joins Han Solo`s team as they venture to the Moon of Endor to destroy the shield generator so that a team of ships led by Lando Calrissian can go in and destroy the Death Star and kill the Emperor Palpatine. On the Endorian Moon, Leia is separated from the rest of the attack team and is looked after by a large family of Ewoks. Leia takes part in the assault to destroy the shield generator. Luke joins the team to destroy the shield generator where he reveals that he and Leia are brother and sister.
Although in the films, Princess Leia and Han Solo come close but do not actually fall head over heels in love, in the expanded universe, Princess Leia and Han Solo tie the knot. Leia was bought up by Bail Organa, an Alderaan senator to hide her from her father, Darth Vader who had turned to the dark side of the force. Until the end of Star Wars VI - Return of the Jedi, Leia was unaware that Luke was her sister, that fact had been hidden from her her whole life. Leia kissed her brother at the start of Star Wars V - The Empire Strikes Back to make Han Solo jealous. By the end of the Empire Strikes Back, Leia acknowledges her feelings for Han by calling out she loved him as he was being frozen in carbonite. Han retorts `I know.` The relationship between Leia and han grows stronger as she becomes heavily involved in his rescue from Jabba`s palace. In the expanded universe, Han and Leia marry and have three children two boys (Ben and Jacen) and a girl (Jaina). Jacen turns to the dark side of the force whilst the other two stay good for their parents.
Although in Return of the Jedi, Luke asks Leia if she remembers their mother to which Leia says she remembers her a little. As we know, their mother Padme Amidala died in childbirth and there`s no way in the galaxy far far away that Luke could have ever met or known their mother after what was revealed in third film in the series. The reason for the discrepancy is that because the woman Leia is talking about isn`t their actual mother but someone who looked after Leia. Leia thought the person also looked after Luke.
Although the Galactic Empire and the Emperor Palpatine is now dead, it is not a time of peace and tranquility as from the remnants of the Empire has risen the First Order. The First Order`s primary goal objective is to find and kill Leia`s brother Luke Skywalker who has disappeared. Leia indeed marries Han Solo and they have a child Ben Solo. Luke Skywalker attempts to teach Ben Solo the ways of the force but he fails and Ben turns to the dark side of the force becoming Kylo Ren. The strain of the conversion to the dark side causes their marriage to break down and they go separate ways. Leia, now no longer a princess is now General Leia, leader of the Rebellion.
Leia doesn`t take part in any operations like she did in Return of the Jedi, instead she is just seen at the Rebellion base planning and organising the resistance against the new threat that they face.
General Leia as she had been called was rumoured to be playing a much larger role in the following two films, however as she has since died, rumours as abound as to how they will write her out. Her scenes for episode VIII had been filmed and she will not be replaced by another actress. It is said that she will not be C.G.I.`d like she had been in Rogue One but her character will be written out somehow.
Princess Leia made a guest appearance in an episode in the cartoon series Rebels. Princess Leia is sent by her adoptive father, Bail Organa to deliver ships to the rebels on the planet Lothal.
As Star Wars - Rogue One is meant to be an immediate prequel to the New Hope, it was not unpredictable that Princess Leia would make a guest cameo appearance. The character wouldn`t be played by Carrie Fisher, instead Carrie`s head was superimposed on the head of another woman. Princess Leia is seen on board the Tantive IV receiving the Death Star plans after they were upload to the Rebel Alliance at the Battle of Scarif.
Carrie Fisher bitterley objected to having to wear a metal bikini but in the end George Lucas won her over. It angered many feminists that saw the strong character of Princess Leia being reduced to a sex object in their view. It might seem appropriate that a slobbering fat slug with a total disdain for humanity would force a woman into a slave gear but people watching it saw it as a directors view on women.
The slave outfit has been referenced in other television media such as the spy comedy Chuck when the characters go to a fancy dress party. Also in the series Friends, Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) dresses up as Princess Leia complete with buns in her hair for a bit of cosplay for Ross.