Jodie Foster Was Almost Princess Leia In ‘Star Wars’

It’s not the ones you get that haunt you. It’s the ones you missed.

Jodie Foster says she almost played Princess Leia in Star Wars, but had a scheduling conflict.

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Foster recalled her Star Wars moment on Wednesday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

“I had a conflict, I was doing a Disney movie and I just didn’t want to pull out of the Disney movie because I was already under contract. So I didn’t do it,” Foster said.

That decision resulted in the forgettable 1977 film Candleshoe, with Foster as Casey Brown, an orphan who is recruited to find a long-lost treasure hidden in a stately home in England.

Foster mentioned that Leia’s iconic hairstyle might have been different had she taken the role.

“And they did an amazing job. I don’t know how good I would have been. And I might have had different hair, you know? I might have gone with a pineapple,” Foster said.

Fisher herself previously confirmed Foster’s consideration on the role.

But Jodie Foster was up for it… That one I knew the most. Amy Irving and Jodie. And I got it,” she said.

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