The Final Farewell: R. I. P. Princess Leia
Star Wars fans around the world hung their heads in sorrow last December when Carrie Fisher, the actress who played the much beloved character Princess Leia Organa, passed away. Word was that Fisher had just finished filming for Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, but little was known as to the character's fate or the plot line of the story. Now, with the new trailers for the film, along with increasing amounts of information being released, we now have our answer.
President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy has stated that the new movie was “never intended to be her [Leia's] final appearance,” as reported by www.independent.co.uk. With the death of Harrison Ford's Han Solo in The Force Awakens, many fans have speculated that the “Big Three” characters of the old franchise existed on borrowed time, however the when and hows of their demise were not so well speculated. For Leia, it seems, there was intended to be a final showing in the third film of the new trilogy. Though after seeing Peter Cushing rise from the dead to reprise his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One, a recent statement by Last Jedi's lead actor, John Boyega, indicates different.
“This movie [The Last Jedi], it sends her [Carrie Fisher] off in an amazing, amazing way,” Boyega told ABC News. What this means for the fate of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker is yet to be seen. Would Disney be willing to kill off two of the old franchise's major characters in the same film? And if not, how does this change the direction that they were wanting to take the story? Regardless of those answers, we may all watch the trailer for Last Jedi with a bit of sorrow, especially when the Resistance base is being blasted away. With this being Fisher's last appearance, it will certainly be a tear jerker and no mere lightsaber through the chest that will make Princess Leia one with the ages.
Benjamin Lee Krause