During the promotional campaign for The Force Awakens, audiences grew to know and love Carrie Fisher's adorable dog Gary, who often appeared alongside her on various talk shows. The dog gained such a passionate fanbase that legal issues have arisen surrounding the dog's public appearances, with Carrie's former assistant Corby
Following Fisher's sudden death late last year, Gary was often spotted with the actress' daughter Billie Lourd, as the bond between the two seemingly helped Lourd cope with the loss. Officially, however,
According to TMZ,
Sources close to Billie and her father reported to TMZ that, at the time of her passing, Gary was merely a pet to her and they feel as though bringing Gary to various functions would "cheapen" the legacy of the actress. Billie's father feels Gary cheapens her legacy so much, in fact, that he has reportedly tried to get
The potential for fans to meet Gary anytime soon might seem murky, but writer/director of The Last Jedi Rian Johnson recently confirmed that one alien in the upcoming film was designed as a tribute to the canine.
The dog appears as the companion of one of the guests on the casino planet Canto Bight, with the creature's distinctive bulging eyes being a giveaway for the intended representation.
Fans can see the homage to Gary when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.