The Star Wars universe has absolutely no shortage of iconic moments, with lines of dialogue that have reverberated into the larger pop culture landscape. That being said, there are a number of key moments that were not depicted in the text of the movies, and have had to be explored in other mediums (or not at all). A key moment in the journey between Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is finally being canonized on the page — thanks to the upcoming novel Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel. Written by Beth Revis, the novel takes place following the events of Return of the Jedi, and as a newly-released excerpt on starwars.com reveals, it features Luke confirming to Leia that their birth father is Darth Vader. You can check out part of the excerpt below.
“”How are you?” Luke’s voice was sincere, but Leia wasn’t sure how to answer him. This was supposed to be a triumph, but all she really felt was confused. Not just about what Luke had told her about her lineage – their connection was something she’d felt for some time, and it had been easy to accept Luke as her brother. She would not think about what that meant of her biological father. No – it wasn’t just that.
“It’s the Force, isn’t it?” Luke asked.
Leia nodded. She had told Luke that she didn’t – couldn’t – understand the power he had, but he seemed eerily calm and confident that she could actually wield the Force as he did. Leia might not have any real experience with the Force, but there was no denying the power Luke had… the power she felt, too, like a fluttering of flitterfly wings just on the edge of her consciousness. Waiting for her to seize it.
“He told me to tell you -” Luke started, but Leia’s head whipped up, eyes fierce as she glared at him.
“Don’t,” she warned.
“They were his last words. He wanted me to tell you -“
“I don’t care.”…
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