Though fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15, they surely know it’s going to be bittersweet viewing. The second film in the new Star Wars trilogy features Carrie Fisher‘s last ever performance as Princess Leia — or General Leia Organa as her iconic character is now known.
Ahead of the blockbuster’s release, Fisher’s co-stars have spoken touchingly about their relationship with the beloved actress. Fellow original Star Wars cast member Mark Hamill admitted that his relationship with Fisher “blew hot and cold,” but also told E! News that the pair genuinely loved one another, calling her an “irreplaceable” person.
Speaking about Fisher’s untimely death at the age of 60 last December, Hamill said: “And I get really mad at her, which is so selfish. I should be grateful for the time I had with her rather than… wanting more.”
Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac (who plays Poe Dameron) called the film a “beautiful tribute to Leia and everything she has really represented throughout…all of the films.” Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) told E! News that watching Fisher’s performance on the film had a profound effect on the whole cast, recalling: “You could feel all of us, the second she appeared on the screen, that everyone took a breath.”
The film’s director Rian Johnson shared a similar sentiment, saying: “It is so complicated watching it, you know, because on one level, again, it is just a beautiful performance, on the other level you are watching your friend who you are not going to see again.”
Fisher had completed her Star Wars: The Last Jedi performance before her death on December 27, 2016. The following month, Lucasfilm confirmed that it has “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa” in any future movie.
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