17 Jul 2017 1:15 PM +00:00 UTC

Rian Johnson Talks About Star Wars: The Last Jedi Wrapping up Leia’s Story

Carrie Fisher's untimely death left a huge impact on the Star Wars community – not only did the Star Wars legend's passing break the hearts of fans all over the world, it also shifted Lucasfilm's plans for the actress' iconic character, Leia Organa. The studio intended to have Leia front and center of the Star Wars sequel trilogy's Episode IX, however the actress sudden passing had gotten in the way, forcing Lucasfilm to end the character's story in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Now, in an interview with Good Morning America, Johnson talks about Leia's role in The Force Awakens sequel saying that the movie would give fans "catharsis" and "emotional satisfaction" over the Resistance General's story in The Last Jedi.

"I think Carrie gives a really beautiful performance in the film and… we obviously didn't make the movie to be her final film, final Star Wars movie. Given that though, I think there are scenes that she has that are going to mean a lot to people. 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 that to people."

"Wraps up nicely? I don't know. But emotionally gives some kind of catharsis, gives some kind of emotional satisfaction, I think so. I know for me it does."


Though the director doesn't give any solid details as to how he'll be tying up Leia's story, we're sure that seeing Carrie for the last time on the big screen will have fans welling up all over again once The Last Jedi hits the big screen.

The Last Jedi premieres December 15, 2017.

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