Can you picture an American Sandy Olsson with side-buns and a laser gun? Neither can we. But believe or not, it was almost the case.
According to Grease director Randal Kleiser, John Travolta almost had some intergalactic royalty as his female counterpart in the classic 1978 musical.
Before Olivia Newton-John locked down her iconic role as the Aussie good-girl-gone-bad Sandy Olsson, Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, was up for the part.
It turns out that Grease was Keiser’s directorial debut, and when he was casting Sandy, he reached out to his old college roommate George Lucas for a suggestion.
Lucas, who was working on Star Wars: A New Hope at the time, showed Kleiser some footage of then up-and-coming actress Fisher as Princess Leia, and suggested her as a potential fit for the part.
Since Star Wars contained no musical numbers, Kleiser couldn’t judge Fisher’s singing or dancing, and decided to move on to other candidates, ultimately selecting Newton-John.
Fisher of course found success with the Star Wars franchise, and Newton-John was great as Sandy, but it’s still pretty fun to picture Leia juking and jiving with the greasers, right?
But seriously. Who dares to say that Leia can’t sing and dance?
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