Although Carrie Fisher — who plays General Leia Organa — passed away on last year, she had already completed her work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She features prominently in promotional materials for the movie, which will seemingly be her last in the franchise, and a new behind-the-scenes video features Fisher saying kind words about director Rian Johnson.
The video shows behind-the-scenes footage of the cast and crew during the making of the upcoming film, though it focuses mainly on Johnson. The footage includes Johnson trying on a Stormtrooper helmet, Finn and Rose Tico dressed as Imperials and an appearance by Carrie Fisher. “He has flaws in other areas,” she says of Johnson, “I just don’t know about them.”
“Having these scenes in the film recontextualize tragically with her not being here anymore, it’s incredibly emotional,” Johnson told USA Today in an accompanying interview. “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.”
Johnson also talked about Leia’s view of Poe as the future leader of the Resistance. “Poe’s got to grow,” he said. “She definitely saw that potential in him and in The Last Jedi, we dig into that more. We’ve seen how heroic he is and now we’re going to see him challenged in terms of stepping up to the next level. It takes more than heroics to be a leader, or so I’m told.”
Opening December 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Benicio del Toro as “DJ” and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.
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