General Leia Organa will return for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it’s a sensitive, posthumous appearance for Carrie Fisher, who died late last year at the age of 60. While details on the film’s story are still largely under wraps, star John Boyega promises an “amazing” send-off for the character and the actress behind her.
“We really enjoyed each other’s company,” Boyega says of Fisher on ABC’s “Popcorn with Peter Travers.” He adds, “I was in Nigeria when we found out [about her death]. It was a strange, strange feeling. I felt like everyone in the cast went silent for a bit after that … [But] this movie, it sends her off in an amazing, amazing way.”
Boyega, returning as reformed stormtrooper Finn, notes he and Fisher’s Leia share “many scenes” in The Last Jedi. (So it seems his character won’t be in that healing pod for too long.)
Watch his appearance on “Popcorn” below.
Oscar Isaac, returning for the sequel as Poe Dameron, said his screen time, too, is largely with Leia. The actor recalled a moment when they filmed a scene in which the general slaps Poe in anger. “It ended up being like 27 takes of Carrie just leaning in and every time she’d hit like a different spot on my face,” Isaac said.
“I love her so much, man,” The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson told fans gathered at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. “I just adore her. And I connected first and foremost with her as a writer. She had a brilliant mind, and I’d sit on her bed for hours, going through the screenplay, and we’d have these stream-of-consciousness ad-lib sessions. At the end, there would be a four-word line of dialogue that came from that.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will open in theaters on Dec. 15.