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John Boyega promises amazing send off for Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Lucas Siegel
Aug 1, 2017

A large part of the narrative around Star Wars: The Last Jedi will, naturally, be centered on Carrie Fisher. The late actress will be seen in her final performance as General Leia in the film, something that should be simultaneously difficult and cathartic for her legions of fans.

One of the Star Wars stars who shared a good chunk of time filming beside Fisher is actor John Boyega, aka Finn. And he recently spoke at length about the experience.

"We have many scenes in this one coming up. [She's] amazing. You get to know someone, and the gloss and the glamour goes away and you get to know the person and enjoy their company," Boyega told ABC News.

Boyega promises the movie "sends her off in a very amazing way," and points out that thanks to her role as Leia, "she's still kept alive in this franchise, that's the beauty of it, she lives forever in a sense."

This echoes statements that have been made by writer/director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about Leia's role in the film, and how she'll be treated with the movie now being a posthumous release for Fisher.

There was much debate among the fandom whether General Leia should carry on, perhaps being recast for the rumored central role in the final film of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX. However, as fans continued to debate, emergency meetings amongst creatives and executives early in 2017 convened to make the decision. Kennedy announced that there would be no recasting or use of technology for a final Leia appearance after Fisher's death. She said that The Last Jedi would remain "unchanged" in a May interview, but that Episode IX would be "changed dramatically" in light of Fisher's untimely passing last December.