When Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia first graced the screen in 1977’s “Star Wars,” many women and girls were excited to see a strong female character confronting ruthless villains like Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader, shooting at Stormtroopers, smuggling stolen Death Star plans and organizing a revolution.
Leia represented more than just a beloved Star Wars icon. She stood as an symbol of feminism and strength for many female fans longing for a sci-fi character they could finally relate to.
Now, an upcoming documentary, “Looking for Leia,” wants to pay tribute to those millions of women and girls.
“Female Star Wars fans include everything from film buffs, cultural critics, cosplayers, gamers, artists and authors. The film reaches beyond Princess Leia to discuss how female characters and fans have shaped and expanded the Star Wars universe, and how these stories speak to experiences of gender resilience and resistance,” reads a description on the movie’s website.
Filmmaker Annalise Ophelian raised over $25,000 for the film, via Kickstarter. “Looking for Leia” is still in production, and has no release date yet.