Carrie Fisher is gone in real life, but General Leia Organa (once Princess Leia) will have a motherly role in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
She rose to early fame in the first “Star Wars” film, and now her final on-screen performance will appropriately be in another “Star Wars” edition.
Oscar Isaac says the part he’s playing, pilot Poe Dameron, is “brash, confident and gutsy and doesn’t take sass from anyone.
“Poe is in some ways a surrogate son for Leia,” Isaac tells Entertainment Weekly. “But also I think she sees in him the potential for a truly great leader of the Resistance and beyond … 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.”
Director Rian Johnson adds about Fisher’s last appearance: “Her character to some degree or another has been defined by loss through this whole saga, starting with the loss of her home planet. She’s just taken hit after hit, and she’s borne it, and she focuses on moving forward and the task at hand.”
EW says that while the “galaxy teeters on takeover by the First Order, Leia is also dealing with personal grief, mourning the death of Han Solo – murdered at the hands of their son, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. The young man once known as Ben Solo has now fully fallen to the Dark Side, just as Darth Vader, Leia’s father, did a generation before.”
Johnson says: “She’s suffered quite a bit. While I was figuring out what her deal was going to be in this film, it’s one of the things I talked about with Carrie before I started writing: where the character would go.”
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