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.

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.

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.

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