The death of Carrie Fisher at the end of last year seemed as if it had also brought an untimely end to the career of Leia Organa, but the leading lady of the entire Star Wars saga has proven to become even stronger over the last few weeks, becoming the fictional figurehead of the very real resistance to the current Trump administration. What better time, then, to reach back in time and discover the secret history of the other Skywalker sibling?
Looper’s new video, The Untold Truth of Princess Leia, mixes fact and fiction to explain not only Leia’s history as a character inside the Star Wars universe, but also details about her creation by George Lucas 40 years ago — for, example, that her name came from characters in The Lord of the Rings and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars stories — including some awkward truths…like the fact that she wasn’t always supposed to be the twin sister of Luke Skywalker, despite what has been claimed.
It’s a fun watch, and a reminder that there’s so much more to Leia than wearing a slave outfit and choking Jabba to death over and over again in countless adolescent fantasies. Just the thing to get you super-hyped for Fisher’s final on-screen appearance as Leia in this winter’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.