The Star Wars Celebration has gotten underway in Orlando, and the first order of business is to honor one of the heroes of the Rebellion and the Resistance, the late, great Carrie Fisher.
The yearly Star Wars Celebration is underway right now in Orlando. There are many high points that are expected to come out of this weekend’s fest in a galaxy far closer to us than you might think. The major one of course is the trailer for this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as other promotional moments for next year’s Star Wars: The Untitled Han Solo Joint and 2019’s Star Wars Episode IX: Not The Untitled Han Solo Joint.
But before we get to any of that, there’s still last year’s business to take care of first. No Not Rogue One: A Star Wars Story That Was Not Episode VIII, though I’m sure that will come up too. No, we’re talking about the loss of one of the three stars of the original Star Wars movie, Carrie Fisher, who passed away in the final days of 2016.
George Lucas lead the tribute, that also featured Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd. Speaking about her holding her own in a movie that featured Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, Lucas said:
“She really is a modern woman. She was a princess. She was a senator. She was having to hold her own against these two big lugs.”
“There really wasn’t much of a question; there aren’t very many people like her,” he added. “They’re one in a billion. She could hold her own through anything. She wore a dress through the whole thing, but she was the toughest one in the group. At the same time she was fun to be with. She’ll always be the princess who took command and never backed down, never was in jeopardy. We’ll all love her forever and ever.”
The tribute then followed with a video, that is designed to make you cry, so please grab tissues before hitting play.
John Williams also came out and lead the orchestra in playing Leia’s Theme from the very first movie, Star Wars: A New Hope.