‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Praises Carrie Fisher’s Last Performance

Star Wars: The Last JediThe Star Wars Sequel Trilogy was originally planned to have each movie have a secondary focus on each one of its leads – with Harrison Ford’s Han being in the spotlight with The Force Awakens, with Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker being in the spotlight with The Last Jedi, and the still-untitled Episode IX with Carrie Fisher’s Leia – but that plan changed as soon as the tragically passed away at the end of last year.

USA Today recently held an interview with director Rian Johnson to ask him about the stories of the leads of the film, which Johnson noted put the characters in difficult places. But in light of Fisher’s death, he notes that her scenes have an added emotional weight to them:

“Having these scenes in the film recontextualize tragically with her not being here anymore, it’s incredibly emotional. For the next few months, seeing the fans… process the loss and celebrate her as Leia one last time, it’s going to be intense. I think it’s going to be really sad but really joyful, I hope. She really kicks (butt) as General Leia, and I’m happy for that.”

While J. J. Abrams will have to find out a way to wrap up Leia’s storyline in Episode IX without Fisher, from the sound of things, it appears as though Fisher saved her best performance for last. It’s a shame that she passed on before she could hear this sort of praise.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.

Source: USA Today

5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.

One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.

Here are 5 ways The Last Jedi links to greater Star Wars canon. Click Next to get started!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.