Speaking with The Telegraph, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards talked about how the death of Carrie Fisher impacted him.
“I’ve not really sat and watched the film since the opening weekend, when Carrie was still with us. I just feel the whole thing was, to be honest, one big love letter to Carrie. What we’re doing with the entire movie is all building to that one moment [of the Death Star plans being handed to Princess Leia] where we hand the baton to her, to go off and make that film that inspired us all as kids. So it couldn’t have ended better from that point of view. It’s just sad – I was always thinking that I would get to meet her and talk to her at some point about it, and I never really met her properly. I walked past her once on the set of Episode VII, I was meeting some of the crew, and she walked past me, and I had a little fanboy freakout.”
Then, Edwards gave detail on how the Leia cameo came to be.
“When it came to our film, it went so late with that shot, trying to get it right, that Kathy took it down personally, on a laptop, and showed her. And initially Carrie apparently didn’t realise it was CGI, and wondered if it was footage which we had taken from somewhere else. Which was really reassuring for us. I thought, one day, either at the premiere, or one of these conventions, I’d get a chance to talk to her. And it’s really sad that it’s not going to get to happen.”
As a fan of Star Wars, seeing the ending now is poetic in a sense. It’s a send off to the character while simultaneously throwing her back to the original trilogy days, where she first made a difference to fans around the world.
Rogue One will be available on Blu-Ray/DVD on April 4.