A long long time ago, in a galaxy far away… Carrie Fisher played a fiery Princess who was courageous, intelligent, and true to herself. Even though Fisher is gone, the character she brought to life will live forever in our hearts and minds.
This year marks 40 years since Star Wars hit the big screens. It is also the first year since 1956 that Carrie Fisher has not existed. In both celebration of the Star Wars legacy and in remembrance of such an important figure within that legacy, an emotional short film tribute was played as an opening ceremony for this year’s Star Wars Celebration, a Star Wars convention in Orlando, Florida.
It’s difficult to hold back tears when seeing Carrie Fisher laugh with co-stars behind the scenes and reminisce about her experience in on the films. But when we see director Rian Johnson guide Fisher across the set of “The Last Jedi,” it is absolutely heartbreaking. This was our first glimpse of Fisher in “The Last Jedi,” the film which will be her final appearance in the Star Wars universe, sans computer generated imagery.
Before the video tribute was played, Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd graced the stage to say a few words about her mother.
“She loved you because you embraced all of her,” Lourd told the fans in the audience. “The strong soldier she was and the vulnerable side, who fought her own dark side.”
“She loved this incredible character she got to create,” she added. “This force called Leia.”
Lourd wore a custom white dress (see below) in the fashion of her mother’s iconic Princess Leia costume in honor of her mother.
After the tribute, the four-day event kicked off with a special all-star guest panel, moderated by the Ewok actor, Warwick Davis, featuring George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Billie Lourd, Peter Mayhew, Kathleen Kennedy, Harrison Ford, Dave Filoni, Liam Neeson, Ian McDiarmid, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, John Williams, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams.