Star Wars. One of the greatest film franchises in the world. A story that tremendously showcases a battle between good and evil, one that has become a classic, loved by millions around the world. It’s been 40 years since it debuted and the hype is still as strong as it first was. Since 1999, Lucasfilm has been celebrating the franchise’s success with its fans, but this one stands out from the rest.
Star Wars Celebration 2017 marks the series’ 40th anniversary, and almost everyone was in attendance in some way or another. Sadly, while it was great seeing those who did attend, there was one huge absence that still has everyone in shock: the late, great Carrie Fisher. Fisher, who unexpectedly passed away in December, has been an integral part of Star Wars from its start. Personally, I believe General Leia is one of the greatest princesses ever. She doesn’t need a man to save her; instead, the boys are the ones that needed her help. She was the strongest out of all of them. She was the Force and the Force was with her.
Closing out the “40 Years of Star Wars” panel at Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm provided a touching tribute to Fisher. The five-minute video briefly highlighted and perfectly summed up Fisher and the incredible character she created. Check it out below:
Who’s cutting onions? I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch that without crying.
This wasn’t the only tribute during the event, however. Family and friends also gave their own tributes by sharing words and stories about Fisher. As the saying goes, “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure,” and that is exactly the case for Fisher. We will forever treasure Leia and Carrie Fisher. George Lucas perfectly summed up the connection Fisher had with her character: “”She was that character: she was very smart, very funny, very bold, very tough. There are not very many people like her. They’re one in a billion.”
Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, wearing a Princess Leia-esque white outfit, also attended. Addressing the fans, Lourd said her mother “loved you because you embraced all of her,” and with that, composer John Williams also made an appearance, closing out the tribute by playing Princess Leia’s theme for the fans gathered in the room.
Mark Hamill, who played Fisher’s twin brother in four films so far (although the two never reunited in The Force Awakens), needed his own time. Hamill paid his own beautiful hour-long tribute at the Star Wars Celebration. Hamill stated he is still in grief and is angered Fisher couldn’t be present, because she would have made the event more fun. He stated that Fisher deserved to be there, yet knew she would want us to celebrate and be happy without her. They loved each other intensely, and Hamill shared memories of the first time he met her. He also shared some of the candid moments they spent together. You can watch the full tribute below: