I think it’s safe to say that we are all still mourning the unexpected and untimely passing of Carrie Fisher, who we lost to a heart attack last December. In addition to being known to legions of fans as Princess-turned General Leia Organa, Fisher was also a published author and an outspoken advocate for mental health sufferers and those with substance abuse issues, never shying away from sharing her own struggles in an attempt to help someone else. The last movie she worked on was Star Wars: The Last Jedi which is set to premiere later this year and the film’s director Colin Trevorrow vows that the ninth installment of the franchise will honor Carrie in the best way.
Carrie had completed her filming for The Last Jedi before her death and Bog Igner, CEO of Disney promised that her sizeable role in the 8th film had not been altered in any way. It has also been stated that they will not CGI Carrie into Star Wars IX and even though the script wasn’t completed when she passed, Fisher was going to be an essential part of the story. In an interview with The Irish Examiner, Trevorrow touched lightly in it in a recent interview about moving forward without her:
“She had a major role in the film and it’s something we had to deal with emotionally at first. Now we’ve had to deal with it in very practical ways and in a form of storytelling we know is going to honor her and keep her soul alive, but it is an unfortunate reality that we’re just going to have to handle. It’s been tough emotionally – and logistically we’ll figure that part out, but she was just very important to the Star Wars family and that was the hardest part.”
It seems like everyone involved is doing their best to truly honor the hero and overall person that was Carrie Fisher, which at the end of the day is all any of us could ask for.
Are you ready to see Carrie’s final performance? Tell us your thoughts (or cry about how upset you still are because honestly me too) in the comments below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi flies into theaters on December 15th, 2017.