A petition to make Carrie Fisher‘s Princess Leia an official Disney princess is gaining traction. Launched on Change.org, the petition is nearing 100,000 signatures, with its goal of 150,000 not far off.
Spearheaded by Cody Christensen, a Star Wars fan and father of five girls, the petition asks Disney to make Princess Leia an official Disney princess, which would put her in good company along with the 11 official Disney princesses, including Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Pocahontas, Jasmine from Aladdin, Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Merida from Brave, and Rapunzel from Tangled.
Says Christensen, “We are big fans of the current Princess line-up, but I think that Leia is a really strong, positive, awesome role model for my girls.”
In his online petition, Christensen notes that Disney’s current rules disqualify Princess Leia’s inclusion, a rule he hopes the company will amend. “After the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess,” writes Christensen. “This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions.”
While there is already lots of Star Wars merch, dedicated Disney bucks towards more Princess Leia products would be a great way to honour a character that has been a role model to men and women for decades.
Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise for $4 billion back in 2012. Earlier this week, Lucasfilm confirmed that Fisher will not be appearing in CGI form for Star Wars: Episode IX.
At the time of Fisher’s death on December 27, 2016, she had completed filming her scenes as General Organa for Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is set to be released at the end of 2017.