Star Wars: The Last Jedi will bring about a bittersweet feeling for many of the franchise's fans, as it is the final performance in the franchise from Carrie Fisher. With Fisher passing away last December, months after The Last Jedi had finished production, many had wondered how her death would impact her portrayal as General Leia Organa in the film.
"This movie, it sends her off in a very amazing, amazing way." Boyega, who plays Finn in the franchise, revealed. "She's still kept alive in this franchise."
This was to be expected by some fans, as Disney CEO Bob Iger previously revealed that Fisher's role in The Last Jedi would not change. Still, Boyega explained that the sentiment of Leia's send off in the film feels even more powerful, in the wake of Fisher's passing.
"You know, that's the beauty of it," Boyega explained, "she lives forever in a sense."
"I think there are scenes that she has that are going to mean a lot to people." Johnson revealed. "There are scenes that we have with her where now, not having her around, I watch them and… I'm really thankful that we have that and we can give that to people."
The Last Jedi lands in theaters December 15.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second film in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film will deal with Luke training Rey to become a, and possibly the last, Jedi. Meanwhile, the Resistance, including Poe Dameron and First Order defector Finn, continues to fight against the First Order, led by General Hux, while Supreme Leader Snoke and his Dark Side follower Kylo Ren continue their mysterious plot.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.