Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit silver screens this December and bring us the next chapter in this new series. Unfortunately, Carrie Fisher's untimely passing means that it will be the last time we see her on the silver screen. EW recently spoke with director Rian Johnson and the cast about the film, and the role of General Leia in the story.
When speaking with Oscar Isaac on his interaction with Fisher, he revealed that she plays quite the role in the act of his character Poe Dameron. “Poe is in some ways a surrogate son for Leia," the actor explains. “But also I think she sees in him the potential for a truly great leader of the Resistance and beyond.” Leia's short screen time in The Force Awakens means we didn't get to see much of her dynamic with the newcomers. Pairing her with another hotshot similar to Han solo could provide some entertaining and heartfelt sequences. I could easily see her shooting down his reckless ideas to his frustration only to finally accept her as a mentor by the film's end.
Isaac went on to say, “Poe’s arc is one of evolving from a heroic soldier to a seasoned leader, to see beyond the single-mindedness of winning the battle to the larger picture of the future of the galaxy,” Isaac says. “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, to temper his heroic impulses with wisdom and clarity.”
Johnson later commented on if the story had been shifted accordingly after Fisher's death. In short, he said no. “There’s no way that we could’ve known this would’ve been the last Star Wars movie she would be in, so it’s not like we made the film thinking that we were bringing closure to the character,” Johnson states. “But watching the film, there’s going to be a very emotional reaction to what she does in this movie.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi makes its way on December 15.