Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw us say goodbye to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, who sacrificed himself and died at the hand of his son Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). As the release of the next film in the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi nears, fans are preparing themselves to farewell another original fan favourite, the late Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa.
With principal filming on The Last Jedi having wrapped before Fisher’s untimely death last December, how (or even if) the franchise would address the loss has been at the forefront of many fans’ minds. Earlier in the year it was rumoured that Leia (and Fisher) would still appear in the trilogy’s final film (Episode IX), however, Lucasfilm’s President Kathleen Kennedy shot them down confirming that Fisher would be in Episode VIII but not IX.
Knowing this, just what happens to Leia has been cause for much speculation. Now we have been given some clues, and much needed reassurance from Fisher’s co-star John Boyega. Although he didn’t give much away, what he did have to say on the matter eases the pain a bit, especially knowing she’ll get a farewell fit for a princess.
Boyega appeared on ABC News yesterday (August 1) to promote his new film Detroit, and confirmed that Fisher’s final onscreen appearance is fitting. “This movie, it sends her off in an amazing, amazing way. And she is still kept alive in this franchise. That’s the beauty of it: She lives forever in a sense.”
While Leia and Fisher will live forever in the hearts and minds of fans across the globe for many years to come, especially as new generations are introduced to the characters and the films, these words from Boyega are very welcome.
Boyega, whose character Finn worked largely with Ford, Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) in The Force Awakens, had a number of key scenes with Fisher in the upcoming film saying, “we worked together closely on this.” Boyega also recounted his shock at learning of Fisher’s death. “It was a strange, strange feeling. I felt like everyone in the cast went silent for a bit after that.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas December 15.
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