Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’.
The beloved heroine obtained her doctorate — among other accolades — while her brother, Luke, was simply a “naive farm boy,” George Lucas says.
Actually, it’s doctor, thank you very much.
Star Wars fans were shocked, but delighted, to learn over the weekend that Princess Leia not only had a PhD, but she earned it at 19.
According to Cocca, George Lucas said in the 2004 commentary for A New Hope that Leia obtained her doctorate among other accolades, while Luke was a “naive farm boy.”
“She’s like a very sophisticated, urbanized ruler, a Senator, so she’s a politician,” Lucas said, according to Cocca’s book. “She’s accomplished, graduated, got her PhD at 19 and she rules people.”
The discovery was so popular, even Twitter pointed it out in a Moments collection.
Fans already knew the character was tough and could hold her own in a galaxy full of scum and villainy, but the PhD at 19 kicked everything up yet another notch.
Carrie Fisher’s Gen. Leia Organa will appear in the upcoming franchise installment, The Last Jedi. Sadly, it will be her final appearance.
Hang on wait what… Leia had a PhD in Star Wars? Christ can you imagine having everyone call you Princess when you were actually Dr Organa pic.twitter.com/HYertPJqWU
— Becca Harrison (@BeccaEHarrison) August 4, 2017