The latest update to the Star Wars saga from Walt Disney and LucasFilm ends with the message, “In loving memory of our princess, Carrie Fisher.”
The anticipation has had me excited for weeks. It is my gift to myself, and my son, on Christmas Day, although my son may have already seen it at least once. He has grown up in the Star Wars era, which for me is my “Oz” re-imagined. Last year’s Rogue One brought mixed feelings; excitement in seeing Leia in the final scenes, depositing the Death Star plans into R2D2, where the saga began in the original Star Wars, and the devastating news of Carries fateful flight home that day.
Re-imagined! Never did it occur that Star Wars would have the impact, on young and old alike, that it has had. Seeing how it has empowered people to stand up against the forces that would put them down, gives hope to those in desperate need of it. This is why the saga continues; the oppression has reared its ugly head. These stories are the fuel needed to continue the resistance of the dark side of humanity.
Episode 7 was for Solo, eight is Luke’s. Number 9 was to be Leia’s. She left too soon. Daisy/Rey has big shoes to fill. Stay tuned! Carrie will be featured in the coming weeks. No spoilers, and only a brief glimpse of coming attractions for me. And yet another week before I see this gift to self and report my joy of seeing Leia, as General Organa of Alderaan, leader of the resistance.
Daisy Ridley On How Her Star Wars Character Has Changed Her — and Becoming a Role Model
Speaking with PEOPLE on Saturday at the Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the 25-year-old actress revealed that playing a character many young girls look up to has definitely had an impact.
“Somebody told me that you’re the sum of the five people you spend most of your time with,” she said. “The five people I spend most of my time with are awesome. I think it’s quite a nice way to think about things.”
Asked what she wanted to say to all those who admire Rey, Ridley said, “I would say, ‘Have hope kids, it always may not be as it seems,’ ” before adding a second message: “I’d say, thank you very much.”