After joining Star Wars: Episode VIII early last year, Laura Dern and the rest of the cast have kept pretty much silent about the next upcoming Star Wars film. However, Carrie Fisher’s death in December gave everyone a chance to honor her legacy, including her fellow cast of Episode VIII.
Dern told ET that Star Wars was with Fisher “in her heart and her soul,” before adding:
“I don’t know any of us who didn’t play Princess Leia for a Halloween, or in our life…What an incredible gift to to [sic] witness that whole legacy.”
Both Dern and Fisher are daughters of Hollywood icons, so Dern knew the kind of struggle Fisher may have had growing up in her mother’s shadow. Dern said that regardless of that, Fisher had no problem finding her own path.
“We put a lot of focus currently on what it is to be a female icon, what it is to use your voice, what it is to be comfortable in your own skin. She has always been one of the most extraordinary beacons, an original screen icon.”
Star Wars: Episode VIII will presumably be Carrie Fisher’s last project. She reportedly finished all of her scenes, and even though she was to be featured even more heavily in Episode IX, it is evident that something will have to change.
Here’s hoping that Disney will give Fisher the send-off she so deserves. Star Wars Episode VIII is set to release on December 15, 2017.