Will LEIA Use The Force In STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS? J.J. ABRAMS Answers

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" poster
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Leia Organa may be strong in the Force, but she's not a Jedi - at least not in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Now, director J. J. Abrams has explained why Leia didn't follow in the path of her father and brother in the new Star Wars canon.

"It was a great question, and one that we talked about quite a bit, even with Carrie [Fisher]…Why did she not take advantage of this natural Force strength that this character had?" Abrams told IGN. "And one of the answers was that it was simply a choice that she made, that her decision to run the Rebellion, and ultimately this Resistance, and consider herself a General, as opposed to a Jedi. It was simply a choice that she took."

Still, Abrams says that, despite her lack of training, Leia is "still Force strong," calling her Force sensitivity an "intrinsic piece of her character." Check out the entire interview right here:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters in North America on December 18.

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