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The Last Jedi: In Poe Dameron, Leia Sees a Surrogate Son

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The Last Jedi: In Poe Dameron, Leia Sees a Surrogate Son

Entertaiment Weekly has released more information on Star Wars: The Last Jedi as part of this month’s multi-part cover story. Today the site released part five of the series and put the focus everyone’s favorite badass princess-turned-general, Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher).

The Last Jedi will mark Fisher’s final performance as Leia following her tragic and untimely death last December. Leia proved to be an iconic, and in many ways, career-defining role for Fisher, and as a character who went from princess to spy to rebel fighter to senator and finally general of the Resistance, Leia was an important figure of female empowerment on the silver screen at a time when such characters were sadly often overlooked. As Fisher told EW in 2015, Leia was very much a part of her: “She’s become me, and I’ve become her. Because it’s been a while.” Fisher’s infamous razor-sharp wit and brash personality certainly shone through her every performance as Leia.

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Leia is certainly no stranger to hardship in the Star Wars universe, but the death Han Solo at the hands of the couple’s son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), was a particularly devastating moment and fans can expect the fallout from that moment to echo throughout Fisher’s performance. But, it won’t be all mourning and loss for Leia when The Last Jedi arrives in theaters. A recurring theme throughout The Last Jedi will the idea of passing the torch to the next generation. Obviously, this will be seen between Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley), but in Leia’s relationship with Poe Damaron (Oscar Isaac). Leia has come to see Poe as something of a surrogate son, but also a potentially great leader for the Resistance and she will be grooming him for that task.

“Poe’s arc is one of evolving from a heroic soldier to a seasoned leader, to see beyond the single-mindedness of winning the battle to the larger picture of the future of the galaxy,” Isaac revealed. “I think Leia knows she won’t be around forever and she, with tough love, wants to push Poe to be more than the badass pilot, to temper his heroic impulses with wisdom and clarity.”

While The Last Jedi will mark the final appearance of Carrie Fisher as Leia, the character’s impact and influence — and by extension, Fisher’s — will continue to reverberate throughout the Star Wars universe.

Look for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters on December 15th. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

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