When you think of Star Wars, you think of Carrie Fisher and her epic, iconic and timeless character, Princess Leia (we love you, Leia). Because of this, our hearts have been a little heavy as we await the arrival of the next installment of the intergalactic franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Sure, we’re gosh darn excited to see Rey and the gang get their lightsabers out and get their Jedi on, but knowing we won’t be able to share the experience with Carrie Fisher any longer has got us a little teary. Someone must be cutting onions nearby. That must be it.
Thankfully, The Last Jedi is not completely sans-Carrie. Although Fisher’s devastating death shook fans across the world in 2016, we were left with the news that she had finished filming all of her scenes for The Last Jedi – and would even appear in Episode IX without special effects or CGI. This news seemed to be a fitting tribute to the late actress, but it seems this wasn’t enough for the Star Wars cast and crew, as they wanted to give Leia the send-off she truly deserved. To do this, they have dedicated the movie premiere and the whole movie to the actress. Nope, we’re not crying. YOU ARE.
On Saturday evening, the galaxy far, far away was brought down to Earth in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in one epic premiere. We’re talking AT-MG Walkers and Stormtroopers walking the red carpet, Chewbacca was taking pictures with the crowd, replica X-Wing Fighters adorned the area, and the cast looked like they were having a helluva time (and we’re totes jealous). Alongside the fun and games, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere made sure their absent friend was not missing from the action. To honor Carrie Fisher, posters of Leia were plastered along the red carpet, and the writer-director, Rian Johnson, made sure their fans knew what the evening was all about.
I’d like to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying ‘Damn it Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute.’ So, let’s have a blast tonight for Carrie.
Oh man, there goes those onions again.
However, the dedication doesn’t end there. Those who have already seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi (eugh, they’re so lucky) have confirmed that the movie ends in a heartwarming dedication to the actress, and we’re not sure how much more we can handle.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15 in the United States, and December 14 in the United Kingdom. Get your tickets now!