Kicking off Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, attendees who tented all night to get into the first panel were greeted by special surprise guests in the shape of George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Warwick Davis, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Dave Filoni, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford. While everyone came to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, the panel ended on a bittersweet note to the late actress, writer, and incredible human being Carrie Fisher. Suffice it to say, there was not a dry eye in the house afterwards.
The tribute highlighted touching remarks from friends, filmmakers, and family, including her daughter Billie Lourd J.J. Abrams, Oscar Isaac, and Gwendoline Christie among others. Additionally, moments from press interviews, behind-the-scene clips, and other prominent moments in Fisher’s life were shown. To cap it all off, legendary composer John Williams conducted the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to play “Leia’s Theme.” Carrie passed away on December 27, 2016.
From the amount of tears this video has produced by fans, they will be enough to save California from its drought. In less than five minutes, this amazing tribute proves how much of an impact Carrie Fisher had not just on the Star Wars universe but also all of pop culture. She was a one of a kind spirit whose kindness, strength, and humor touched so many people around the world. Her presence will be missed, but not forgotten.
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Carrie Fisher can be seen in her final performance as General Leia Organa in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Daniels, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Benecio del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran. The film is set to release in theaters on December 15, 2017.
Source: Star Wars