The late, great Carrie Fisher may have left us, but her spirit lives on through the Star Wars universe. In a posthumous issue of Vanity Fair, the actress is on one of four covers shot before her untimely death on December 27, 2016. The moving pictures were photographed by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz (exclusively for Vanity Fair) to time with the release of the eighth Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. It is in this installment that Carrie resumes her role of Princess Leia (but is now known as General Leia Organa).
It was confirmed by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy that Carrie had completed filming her role in the film shortly before her death.
"We finished everything in '[Episode] VIII' and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie."
Of course, the most intimate and exceptional photo is one of Carrie and her daughter Billie Lourd, who is also in the film. This poignant photo captures the bond between a mother and her daughter, and leaves a lasting image with all of Carrie's fans.
Carrie Fisher’s death may leave #TheLastJedi unaffected, but it changes the course of the entire #StarWars universe. In Vanity Fair’s new cover story, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recalls, “[Carrie] said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX! Because Harrison was front and center on VII and Mark is front and center on VIII.’ She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.” #TheLastJedi cast opens up about their final experience working with Carrie Fisher at the link in bio. Photograph of Carrie Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd by Annie Leibovitz.
The magazine includes photos of the main players in the Star Wars franchise, including an exclusive reveal of Laura Dern's new character Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a prominent officer in the Resistance.
For writer-director @RianCJohnson, it was surprising how much leeway he was given to cook up the action of #TheLastJedi from scratch: “The pre-set was Episode VII, and that was kind of it.” Among his inventions for the latest #StarWars saga? A new world called Canto Bight (“a playground, basically, for rich assholes”) and three significant new characters—including Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Find out more about the latest adventure in the galaxy far, far away by reading Vanity Fair’s new cover story in full at the link in bio. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
These pictures aside, Carrie's lasting legacy goes beyond film eight, The Last Jedi. Her influence on young actors coming through the franchise is well regarded, as too is her close bond with the crew and writers. The new heroine of the saga is Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, a Resistance warrior.
Daisy says that she was blessed with Carrie's mentorship, expressing this sentiment to Vanity Fair in their cover story, saying: “Carrie lived her life the way she wanted to, never apologizing for anything, which is something I’m still learning."
You can read the full Vanity Fair story here, along with all the photos of the cast. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas from December 15, 2017, nearly a year after Carrie's death.
No doubt she will be firmly in the minds of friends and fans at every screening.
This post was written by Amber Elias. It originally appeared on Now to Love.