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Fisher — who passed away on December 27 of last year after suffering a massive heart attack on a transatlantic flight — had already completed her work on “Episode VIII” of the core “Star Wars” series, as the pic had wrapped filming on July 22. The actress, who was on on her way home to Los Angeles from London, where she’d been promoting her latest memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” reportedly went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing 15 minutes before her December 23 flight landed, and died a few days later.
The photograph depicts Fisher’s General Leia in a grey tunic, with her hair pulled back in a bun, and braided over the top. She is looking down at what appears to be a script, while consulting director Rian Johnson. One has to wonder whether the late actress, who rewrote some of her own dialogue during the shooting of the original Star Wars, and who went on to a career as a screenwriter and script doctor, is being shown helping Johnson rework the screenplay.
The second film in the new “Star Wars” trilogy, “The Last Jedi” is written and directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “Looper”). Opening December 15, the film stars returning actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.