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EW Previews Leia's Role In The Last Jedi

Entertainment Weekly continued their coverage of The Last Jedi by focusing on Leia’s role in the film, her relationship with Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, and Carrie Fisher’s legacy. Click through for more! 

Rian Johnson said of Leia, “Her character to some degree or another has been defined by loss through this whole saga, starting with the loss of her home planet. She’s just taken hit after hit, and she’s borne it, and she focuses on moving forward and the task at hand.” 

Apparently, Leia’s relationship with Poe Dameron will be one of the most important in the film. Oscar Isaac told EW that, “Poe is in some ways a surrogate son for Leia, but also I think she sees in him the potential for a truly great leader of the Resistance and beyond.” Isaac continued, “I think Leia knows she won’t be around forever and she, with tough love, wants to push Poe to be more than the badass pilot, to temper his heroic impulses with wisdom and clarity.”  Oscar Isaac is a talented and likable actor who was unfortunately given very little to do in The Force Awakens, so it’s encouraging that they are looking to develop his character further. There’s definitely potential in pairing him with Leia.

Johnson reiterated that the storyline wasn’t changed after Carrie Fisher’s death and said, “There’s no way that we could’ve known this would’ve been the last Star Wars movie she would be in, so it’s not like we made the film thinking that we were bringing closure to the character. But watching the film, there’s going to be a very emotional reaction to what she does in this movie.” Walking into the theater knowing that this will be the last time we see Carrie Fisher as Leia will certainly be difficult, but I hope it honors Carrie’s legcay. 

Head over to Entertainment Weekly for the full article to learn about Leia’s relationship with Laura Dern’s Vice Admrial Holdo and how Carrie Fisher impacted her fellow actors. 

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  • Good for Mr. Isaac. Now if Hasbro would only update his portrait on his forthcoming TVC figure.

    • Mike_5555

      Yeah, none of the Poe Dameron figures have even looked like Oscar Isaac. Among the more disappointing TBS figures from TFA.

      • 11Eleven11

        IMO, the best one was in the 2-pack with the riot trooper. That version of Poe should have gotten a main release, and they should have put that boring Finn figure in the 2-pack with the lightsaber and made the FN-2187 the main Finn figure.

        • CT-7567

          Good point. FN-2187 is a good figure in both scales. Finn’s main costume is boring. At least his TLJ costume looks like something Han or Luke would’ve worn during the war. The idea of a Stormtrooper that defects, takes off his armor and wears a Resistance jacket over a Stormtrooper body glove sounds like a neat idea. But it just looks boring in the movie and on the figures. I also hate the gun Finn has in TFA. I saw a picture of him in TLJ outfit where he’s holding a Resistance pistol. I was really hoping that would be his gun in TLJ.

          • 11Eleven11

            I agree with ever word. I never saw FN-2187 peg-warm in either format. The problems with the ‘jacket Finn’ figure were, the sculpt was bad, the costume was boring and they made too many. I don’t think Finn the character is as unpopular as some suggest judging by that figure not selling.

          • Wait. Wasn’t he released in significantly lower quantities? I think it has more to do with being one per case and not repacking him.

          • 11Eleven11

            Probably true, but people tend to like disguise figures, and it was a much better figure, period. I am just saying I don’t think FN-2187 warms pegs like Jakku Finn EVEN IF the roles and repacks were reversed. Same with Rey Jakku. If they had done the first run, then added the saber after the film’s release, and then switched to the Resistance costume at the end of the film, I don’t think any Rey figures are at Target for $4.94 right now. Paul, you would know better than I; how many total repacks did Jakku Rey get?

          • CT-7567

            I actually like the 3.75″ TBS Finn the best. But it’s still boring. They definitely should’ve given him a lightsaber. He holds the blue Skywalker saber perfectly. Have you ever noticed a little 90 degree wedge in the hands of figures that have lightsabers with rectangular activation studs like Obi-Wan and Anakin’s sabers? Finn has that little indentation in his right hand and looks great holding the saber. I think that particular Finn would’ve sold much better with the lightsaber.

      • CT-7567

        Which one? I actually think the 3.75″ TBS Poe is pretty good. It doesn’t really look like Isaac, but you can definitely tell it’s Poe and there’s no beard.

  • JohnMorog

    Am I the only one who when I see Rian Johnson I pronounce it Ree-an in my head?

  • JohnMorog

    Is worried pink haired Vice Admiral Holdo has any sort of a remote love interest in Leia.

    • Mike_5555

      I suppose anything is possible, but I doubt it.

      • JohnMorog

        I was hoping that comment would stir the pot a little more than it did…

        • Mike_5555

          There’s still time!

          • 11Eleven11

            This may be old news, but it was news to me … I read earlier today that Admiral Holdo is a fake name.

          • CT-7567

            I wish her hairstyle was fake. 🙂

          • JohnMorog

            Interesting.

    • rebelsfangirl

      I wish

  • JohnMorog

    I hope they add a lot of depth to Poe. I think he has the potential to be a great character, especially if the relationship between him and Leia is done right. That makes me happy.

    • Mike_5555

      Yeah, I think there is more potential with Poe than most of the new characters. He’s still pretty much a blank slate, and Isaac is a good actor. It would be a shame to waste him.

      • CT-7567

        There’s definitely potential there. Have you read the Poe comic at all? The first arc was just ridiculous, but the series is growing on me. There’s a great scene in a recent issue where Threepio goes on a mission with Black Squadron. The Guavians and Kanjklub hear him talking about Han Solo capturing Rathtars. They put two and two together and we see them go off on the hunt tgst eventually leads them to the encounter with Han in TFA. It’s actually pretty funny because it really captures Threepio’s personality.

  • Fire JJ Make SW Great Again!

    No news about Disney starting it’s own streaming service and yanking Rebels/TCW off Netflix?

    I think what is going to happen is that they are going to go the Star Trek Discovery route by producing their own live-action/animated show for the service…….it will bomb YUGE!

    • Mike_5555

      I am working on article about the Diseny streaming service. I’ll post it later today. To be clear though, Rebels has never been on Netflix and TCW’s status is unclear but a removal is unlikely. Season six of TCW is technically Netflix content.

      They did confirm that they want to pursue original programming with this new streaming service.

      • JohnMorog

        I’m still relatively new here… Where will this article be posted?
        I, for one, am still salty about Star Trek Discovery. I really hope other companies don’t move in this direction, although I suppose it would be a benefit to DVD companies, and to my health since I won’t be paying for subscriptions to all these channels…

        • Mike_5555

          It will be posted on the front page like the rest of the news. Always happy to have new readers, welcome!

          The problem is that every company now wants their own streaming service. Soon, there will be so many streaming services that subscribing to them all will cost more per year than even the most expensive cable package. Sorry cord cutters! Even CBS is joining the streaming game, and they’re the most traditional/old school television network by far. Disney throwing thier hat in the ring is a big deal for the industry though.

          • JohnMorog

            Oh, lol, sorry Mike. I didn’t put 2 and 2 together because there wasn’t a little JTA next to your name. Good to know!

            I hope it doesn’t reach that point. I can understand the appeal if your favorite shows are only on 3 different channels. I, for one, just wait till stuff is on Netflix. IDK, the more I think about it, I honestly can see it being a good thing. I don’t watch a huge variety of TV shows, so if what I want to watch is on one or two channels, that’s all I have to pay for. I guess it just boils down to how much the stations charge.

          • Mike_5555

            Don’t worry about it, I don’t post as much as Paul lol. The article is up now.

          • CT-7567

            I highly recommend checking out Mike’s past reviews. If you like comics you definitely want to read Colin’s comic reviews too.

          • CT-7567

            I prefer a combination of a good cable package, Blu-rayDVDs and a streaming device in the BRD player wth a Netflix subscription. My car has satellite radio built in and a few months ago there was a free trial to promote the Beatles channel. It’s a very cool service, bit there’s no way it’s worth $15 a month. Especially considering its only for the one car radio and not my radios at home. I do like the Beatles station and there’s a station that plays old radio shows. But like the CBS All Access service, it’s just not something that I’d use enough to get my money’s worth. Just the $5.99 CBS price, added up, would probably be more than enough to buy the season.

      • General Hux

        Even if it is removed it won’t be for another while.

        • CT-7567

          Do you have TCW or Rebels on DVD? TCW is definitely worth getting. I get Rebels too because i always prefer to own every SW movie or series. I’m glad I got the Tartakovsky CW micro-series when I did because I never see the DVDs anymore.

          • General Hux

            I have every season of TCW in DVD except Season 3 and 6, Im about to finally pull the trigger and get season 3 soon. I also own micro series.

          • Mike_5555

            I have all six TCW seasons on blu-ray. I don’t think I bought season one of Rebels, but I have the copy of season two that Lucasfilm sent to be reviewed. I’m so glad I own the Tartakovsky series. It’s great and very difficult to find these days.

      • CT-7567

        Not good for myself personally. I don’t think I’d subscribe to a $5.99(based off the CBS app) Disney streaming service just for an animated SW show. I know that I’ll be watching Star Trek: Discovery on Blu-ray because of the CBS app exclusivity. If it’s even worth buying. You like Star Trek, right?

  • CJ

    Poe should be featured more. Of the new 3 heros he was really the only one who felt natural. The other two had to try too hard.

    • Mike_5555

      He’s the one with the most upside right now, and he really didn’t have anything to do in TFA.

      • CT-7567

        He’s probably my favorite of the three. Rey has the potential to be a great SW character if given better material to work with.

        • Mike_5555

          They all have potential. I like all of the actors.

  • rebelsfangirl

    I still don’t understand why people thought Carrie Fishers death would impact on TLJ. Like filming had completely finished and it was well in post-production when she died, it should have been obvious that claims it would be re-written to take it account her utter nonsense.
    I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Leia and Poe in TLJ, both didn’t get enough screentime in TFA. It’s going to be very bittersweet though.

    • CT-7567

      I never thought that. I heard a while back that Leia gets injured in TLJ, so it did occur to me that they might reshoot some scenes to turn that injury into a death. Now I’m wondering if Leia was meant to die in TLJ. As in Han in TFA, Leia in TLJ and finally Luke in Episode IX. I could see Disney doing that. Then they can make another trilogy with the new characters that have no ties to SW material from GL. 😛

      • rebelsfangirl

        Nope. IX was going to be Leia’s movie according to Carrie Fisher and others before she died, that can’t have been the case if she died in VIII. :p

        • CT-7567

          It’s a shame she isn’t with us anymore. 🙁 Leia was great in the OT, but I always wanted to see more of her. Did you ever read those Infinity comics? They made a figure of the “Infinite” version of ESB Leia where she trains on Dagobah because Luke dead.

          • rebelsfangirl

            Yep, still not really over it personally. I think so? They sound familiar lol

          • CT-7567

            Well, you might want to check out the ESB Infinities Dark Horse comic. Leia is absolutely awesome in it. It’s basically like the old Marvel “What If” series with one for each OT film. Remember the comic pack with Leia where she has the blue lightsaber? I love that figure because I love the comic. Imagine if Leia basically did what Luke does in the OT. There was a second comic pack from the ROTJ Infinity. The one with the white Vader. She turns him back to the light side and he is still alive, so he changes the armor to white. The first Leia figure i mentioned is a favorite of mine. I have this odd niche interest in EU Leia figures. I still love the Dark Empire Leia. I always felt she was well written in the old EU. Possibly more so than Luke and especially Han.

          • CT-7567

            Sorry for a second post, but regarding Carrie’s death. I’ve always wondered how I would’ve felt if I was old enough to know when John Lennon was murdered. I was three and didn’t even start listening to the Beatles until I was a teenager. My point is, so many celebrity deaths recently, but a lot of them lived long lives. I love Bond films and while Roger Moore’s were more silly than others, it was sad to hear of his death. But he was eighty-something. Carrie Fisher was only 60 and way too young. The first time I ever looked at a woman and saw beauty it was her as Leia. I don’t cry often, but when she died I definitely did. I probably will cry in the theater at TLJ. Luke and Leia are the characters that I love the most. Especially from my childhood when all there was for SW was the OT. So, yeah, I’m not really over it either. As someone who admires strong women, I imagine she was quite important to you too. I’d feel the same way if Mark Hamill passed. I felt sad when Kenny Baker died. But Princess Leia? That was just too hard a hit. :'(

          • 11Eleven11

            Yes. Luke froze to death on Hoth and Leia is trained instead. If memory serves, Kenobi appears to Han, and Han thinks he is the next person up, so he takes Leia with him to Dagobah and finds out it is Leia, not him.

        • 11Eleven11

          Well, now she is very likely to die off-screen between VIII and IX. Is that really any better than having re-shoots to reflect her death on-screen in VIII? I am just asking; I don’t have the answer. As I said above, there is no good solution to this tragedy.

          • Mike_5555

            There isn’t an easy answer. It’s a difficult situation for everyone involved.

    • 11Eleven11

      I don’t think it was utter nonsense; changes are made to films all the time much, much sooner than a year before release. They could have gone several different directions after Carrie’s death. No decision was a good one, but a tough decision had to be made. I think they made the right call, but speculation that her passing might change VIII and IX both wasn’t as far-fetched as you suggest.

      • rebelsfangirl

        It was though. Filming had finished, there was way they would ever go back and kill off a major character like Leia Organa off screen months after the actor died. Yes changes are made, not those kind of changes and not to an iconic character after the beloved actress died.

        • 11Eleven11

          That’s easy to say in hindsight, what they could and could not have done. Again, I think they made the right call, but there’s going to be a jarring transition from VIII to IX. They made the decision to alter the direction of just IX — again, that’s the right call — rather than both TLJ and IX, but in a universe where planets and ships are destroyed left and right, any character can easily be written out, particularly if there’s ambiguous ending. Imagine if Harrison Ford had refused to come back for ROTJ. Han easily could have died while in carbon freeze.
          Again, they made the right decision not to mess with Johnson’s vision of VIII, but I don’t think that decision was as cut and dried as you suggest. Nonsense is a strong word.

          • rebelsfangirl

            I’m not sure if it counts as hindsight when I’ve been saying this since Carrie Fisher died. They were just never going to go back and make those sort of changes, it would be expensive and serve to purpose when TLJ was all but done while IX hadn’t even been written yet. It’s far easier to change something that you haven’t started to make than something that is just getting the final cgi and effects added.

          • 11Eleven11

            I guess the point I am trying to make is, just because your prediction was correct doesn’t mean they didn’t consider another possible alternative. I try to avoid making statements like ‘This is impossible/There is no way they can do this’ because you really don’t ever know. I screamed for six months that there was no way Luke wouldn’t speak in TFA and that there was no way Han Solo’s son would murder him in cold blood in a Star Wars movie made by Disney. Maybe you are just smarter than I am, but I never say never. 😉

          • rebelsfangirl

            Oh I’m sure they considered it, in the sense that someone said ‘we could change TLJ?’ and someone else said “Yes we could Barry, but TLJ has finished filming so it would cost millions to reshoot parts without the actress that would be crucial to those reshoots, so how about we just write it into IX as we do it” and everyone else said “that seems reasonable”.

          • 11Eleven11

            I think you are right.

    • Mike_5555

      I didn’t think they would change her role in TLJ, especially since she completed her filming like Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Though they could’ve tried to reposition her character heading into the next film I suppose.

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