Jodie Foster confirmed that he was once offered the iconic role of Star Wars of Princess Leia in the late 1970s.
The Oscar winner spoke about the opportunity on the show Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC on Wednesday.
“You’ve played a lot of iconic roles and we love what you do,” Fallon said. “But I saw this on the Internet: you were offered the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars, is that true?”
Foster responded: “I was, yes. They were going for a younger Princess Leia but I had a conflict. “I was doing a Disney movie and I just didn’t want to quit because I already had a contract.”
What it would have been like to see Jodie Foster as Princess Leia
Casting Foster would likely have changed the role significantly. Foster would have been only 13 and 14 years old during the years in which the film was filmed. Star Wars original, and then 15 when the film was released in 1977. The role was, of course, played by Carrie Fisher, who was 19 during filming.
“And they did an incredible job,” Foster continued. “I don’t know how good it would have been. He could have had different hair. I could have gone for a pineapple” (jokingly referring to the character’s famous Danish pastry hairstyle).
Foster didn’t say which Disney movie it was, but it could have been the hit Freaky Friday, which was released in 1976. Foster was quite busy at the time, appearing in four other films that same year, including her acclaimed dramatic role. in Taxi Driver.
Foster is still busy, currently starring in the HBO crime drama True Detective: Night Country and recently co-starred in the open-water swimming biopic NYAD.
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