Carrie Fisher loses 35 pounds prepping to revisit Princess Leia

Carrie Fisher’s return to the “Star Wars” saga is coming at a price: at least 35 pounds of flesh.

Hollywood wanting its ladies lithe is hardly news, but isn’t it usually the guys who talk about roles demanding dramatic gains or losses in the heft department?

Fisher, however, doesn’t often choose the “usual” route.

“They didn’t hire me, they hired me minus 35 pounds,” she said on a red carpet Wednesday night in North Hollywood.

“She’s worked her body out for one year to not have a body,” mom Debbie Reynolds chimed in.

The actress and writer was there to support her mom at a preview of the final chapter of the latter’s memorabilia auctions, to be held this weekend at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio -- but reporters seemed more interested in trawling for “Star Wars: Episode VII” dish.


Of course, that was the one thing Fisher couldn’t really talk about.

“I’m in trouble for all of this,” she joked after someone brought up the possibility that Disney lawyers would be calling her the next morning. Her biggest reveal, however, was simply that the first table read was “great” and she’d had “a wonderful time” meeting the sci-fi/fantasy classic’s new faces.

Fisher previously shed 50 pounds while she was a Jenny Craig spokeswoman in 2011, then gained most of it back. With her return to “Star Wars,” she also returned to the enduring image of a young Princess Leia rocking a skimpy metal bikini while being held as a slave by Jabba the Hutt, as in “Return of the Jedi.”

More than a year ago, at Canada’s Calgary Comic Expo, she told fans the studio had hired a trainer for her.

“I’m glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape,” she said in April 2013. “So I’m really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything.”

Her current weight loss might actually be more than she said Wednesday. Reynolds told “Extra” last week that her daughter had dropped 40 pounds.

“Star Wars: Episode VII,” which began filming Thursday with J.J. Abrams at the helm, is due in theaters Dec. 10, 2015.