Carrie Fisher in her performance in The Last Jedi wanted her iconic character, General Leia Organa to inspire and honor female fans who had grown up with the franchise.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, Rian Johnson the director of the Last Jedi revealed how the late actress made sure that Leia Organa stayed true to her status as one of the greatest female science fiction characters of all time.
“She was so conscious of the place Leia had, not just broadly in the culture, but very specifically in terms of girls who grew up watching Star Wars when Leia was the only female hero on the screen,” Johnson pointed out “She really wanted to do right by that, drawing the character forward. That was something that she would always be pulling us back to."
The director also reminisced at how the actress became a major influence and moral compass on set "for me it was fantastic, because besides all the other benefits of having a fantastic writer like Carrie there by my side while we’re making this movie, just having a voice that was like a compass needle that would always pull it back in the right direction of, 'This is what this character means and this is what we always have to make sure that she’s serving, with her strength and also with her weaknesses' — showing a fully realized character who is going to be inspiring to the folks who grew up with Leia.” Johnson said.
And it seemed that Carrie Fisher had a sort of inkling (or perhaps a Force sense?) that her and her character's legacy would be very important in this film. Particularly since as it turns out it would be her final role.
I'm no Jedi, but going by Rian Johnson's words it seemed that Carrie had succeeded in her goal of cementing her and Leia's legacy . Her last turn as the Princess /General would be something special to watch.
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Last Jedi will premier on selected territories on December 13, and in the United States on December 15.