Next year, the new Star Wars trilogy will close out with Episode IX, but without the direct involvement of one very crucial person, Carrie Fisher. It's already been announced that director J.J. Abrams will utilize unused footage of Fisher as General Leia Organa from The Last Jedi, but he's still gotta find the perfect way to write off the character in a way that honors the actress, who passed away in the winter of 2016.
During a chat with The Daily Beast, Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) said the sequel will do right by Fisher, who, along with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), is the quintessential poster child for the entire Star Wars franchise.
“It deals with the amazing character that Carrie created in a really beautiful way," Isaac said.
With that said, Fisher's absence on the set was definitely felt, especially for Isaac, who had some really great bonding moments with General Organa in The Last Jedi. After all, the two couldn't not be great friends after Fisher had to slap Isaac over and over again following Poe's disregard for Leia's orders over the destruction of a First Order Dreadnought near the start of the film.
“It’s a strange thing to be on the set and to be speaking of Leia and having Carrie not be around," added the actor. "There’s definitely some pain in that.”
Star Wars: Episode IX arrives in theaters Dec. 21, 2019.