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John Boyega Talks About Carrie Fisher’s Work in The Last Jedi

Finn actor says Star Wars sends Leia off in “an amazing way.”

Timed with the release of his new film Detroit, actor John Boyega–known to Star Wars fans as “Finn”–recently hit the interview circuit. While speaking on ABC News’ “Popcorn with Peter Travers” the actor said he worked quite closely with Carrie Fisher on The Last Jedi.

“It was a strange feeling,” said John, who also recounted for the UK’s Daily Mail how well Fisher looked when he last saw her. “I felt like everyone in the cast and, obviously, around the world, went silent for a bit–a dimmed light.”

Leia Lives Forever

However, Boyega, whose star continues to rise following the success of [amazon_textlink asin=’B019EG1TC8′ text=’The Force Awakens’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’makingnet-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c11049d5-776d-11e7-b200-437d1734e002′] gave hope to Leia’s grieving legion of fans when he said, “This movie… sends her off in an amazing way.

“[She remains] alive in this franchise,” added Boyega, who was in Nigeria with family when he learned of Fisher’s passing. “That’s the beauty of it–she lives forever, in a sense.”

Prior to yesterday’s story by The Hollywood Reporter, news indicating writer Jack Thorne was “tapped to work on the Star Wars installment that is to be directed by Colin Trevorrow,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that Star Wars regrouped last January in the wake of Fisher’s passing.

“We had not written the script yet,” Kennedy told Good Morning America in April, correcting earlier reports Fisher would be in Episode IX.

“Sadly, Carrie will not be in IX,” she told ABC. “We’ll see a lot of her in VIII.”

Carrie Fisher gives an Extra Oomph to The Last Jedi

All of which heightens fan anticipation for  The Last Jedi.

Carrie lives her truth in life, as well as in death, which is very significant to me and adds a boost of ‘positivity’ to what we created,” Boyega explained, again speaking to “It gives the movie… an extra oomph of heart.”

The Last Jedi opens in theaters on Dec. 15th.

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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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