Just over a week after the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, mourning fans are being treated to a unique sneak peak into the personal lives and iconic careers of the beloved actresses.
In a recent exclusive by People, HBO has revealed the first trailer for the highly anticipated documentary, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. The documentary’s first trailer debuts at a pivotal time, as the tragic passing of both actresses is still fresh in our minds.
Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia in the famed Star Wars franchise died at age 60 following complications of cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016. Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, died the very next day after suffering a severe stroke at the age of 84. Reynolds’s son Todd said stated that his mother told him hours before she was rushed to the hospital: “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.”
HBO describes the film as a “story of the family’s complicated love” and “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity.” The documentary makes use of vintage film and archived footage in order to demonstrate the special bond that Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds shared.
The documentary was directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens over the course of more than a year between 2014 and 2015 during Reynolds’s perpetration to receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which was presented to her by her daughter Carrie Fisher.
“We started out making a film about Hollywood royalty, and we ended up making a film about love.” the directors stated in an interview with People.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is set to premiere on January 7 at 8 p.m. EST on HBO.