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Carrie Fisher's daughter cast as young Princess Leia in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Billie Lourd and Carrie Fisher
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Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd (whose real name is Catherine Fisher Lourd), is going to play a young Princess Leia in "Star Wars: Episode VII," which will be Lourd's feature-film acting debut. According to a report published by The Sun on July 1, 2014, Lourd (who is 21) was cast because of her resemblance to her mother. Lourd's father is talent agent Bryan Lourd, who had a relationship with Fisher but never married her.

As previously reported, Fisher and Harrison Ford (who plays Han Solo) are among several actors from the first "Star Wars" trilogy ("Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope", "Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" and "Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi") who are among the cast of "Stars Wars: Episode VII." Fisher (who plays Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (who plays Luke Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (who plays Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (who plays C-P3O) and Kenny Baker (who plays R2-D2) also reprise their roles in "Stars Wars: Episode VII."

Joining the "Star Wars" franchise for "Star Wars: Episode VII" are actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. The plot of the movie is being kept under wraps.

However, a lucky contest winner will get a chance to be in the film as an extra in a Star Wars: Force for Change contest, a fundraising initiative for UNICEF's Innovation Labs. Fans who donate at least $10 to the campaign are automatically entered in the contest.

As previously reported, Ford broke a leg in June 2014 while filming the movie. He is recovering from surgery for the injury. He will miss filming of the movie for up to two months, but filming will be go on without him while he recuperates.

Ford was injured at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, where most of the movie is being filmed. According to the Associated Press: "The accident involved a spacecraft door falling on the 71-year-old actor's leg. Ford's Han Solo pilots the Millennium Falcon, which is returning in 'Episode VII.'"

Walt Disney Pictures, which purchased "Star Wars" production company Lucasfilm in 2012, will release "Star Wars: Episode VII" on Dec. 18, 2015. "Star Wars: Episode VII" is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

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