'Star Wars': Carrie Fisher Responds to Slave Bikini Leia Controversy

Princess Leia is an iconic character from science fiction, leading the "Star Wars" franchise alongside her brother Luke Skywalker. However, for better or for worse, Leia is known less for her leadership of the Rebellion and more for her metal bikini, which she wore when she was held captive by Jabba the Hutt in "Return of the Jedi." With rumors swirling that Disney -- which now owns the franchise -- is phasing the costume out of their merchandising, Carrie Fisher had a definitive response.

"I think that’s stupid," she told the Wall Street Journal. "The father who flipped out about it, 'What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?' Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage."

Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow.

The film will be released wide Dec. 16 in France, Dec. 17 in the United Kingdom and Dec. 18 in North America.

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