Star Wars cast, George Lucas react to Carrie Fisher's death
Members of the Star Wars family — including Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, and directors George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, and Rian Johnson — are paying tribute to Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday at age 60.
“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer, and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved,” Lucas, who cast Fisher as Leia Organa in the original Star Wars and directed her in that first film, said in a statement. “In Star Wars, she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”
Added Ford in a separate statement, “Carrie was one-of-a-kind… brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely…My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”
Fisher was cast in Star Wars at age 19 and played Leia in five Star Wars films over the course of her career, including next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. (Leia makes an appearance in this month’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, though Fisher was digitally recreated in the film to align with movie’s pre-original trilogy timeline.)
“You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power. She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine,” Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams wrote in a note posted to his Twitter account. “What an unfair thing to lose her. How lucky to have been blessed with her at all.”
Director Rian Johnson, who helmed Star Wars: Episode VIII, added, “Carrie was an incredible person. I feel lucky I got to know her, and heartbroken.” Fisher had completed work on Episide VIII, which is due out next year and marks her final time playing Leia. How the franchise will handle her death is still undetermined going forward, but Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow posted his own memorial to Fisher via Twitter.
In a tweet posted shortly after Fisher’s death was confirmed, actor Mark Hamill wrote, “No words,” adding the hashtag #devastated. Ford, Hamill and Fisher starred in the original trilogy of Star Wars films and reprised their roles — with Fisher’s Leia promoted to the rank of general — for Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year.
In addition to Hamill, actors Anthony Daniels (who plays C-3PO in the Star Wars franchise), Peter Mayhew (the actor behind Chewbacca), Billy Dee Williams (who played Lando Calrissian in Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars – Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), Warwick Davis (who appeared as Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars – Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), Samuel L. Jackson (who appeared in the Star Wars prequels), and original Darth Vader actor David Prowse added their tributes online. New Star Wars cast members Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis contributed social media posts about Fisher as well.
Actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the new set of Star Wars films, also paid tribute to the actress in a statement. “Devastated at this monumental loss,” Ridley wrote. “How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye.”
Members of the Star Wars cast weren’t the only stars posting condolences and salutes to Fisher online. Read more, from other members of the Hollywood community here.