Ever since Carrie Fisher's tragic death last December, fans have wondered how the next Star Wars film would honor her legacy. And after hearing John Boyega's comments about a General Leia tribute in The Last Jedi, everyone can breathe easy. The franchise star was understandably devastated by his 60-year-old costar's untimely passing, and previously penned his own tribute to Fisher, praising her for her consistent support. So when Boyega says that the film does right by Fisher, you know it's safe to trust him. In an interview with ABC News, he shared,
"This movie, it sends her off in an amazing, amazing way. And she is still kept alive in this franchise. That’s the beauty of it: she lives forever in a sense."
Some fans had wondered whether Episode VIII would show the death of Leia Organa, but Boyega's statement suggests that those fears were in vain. Even though she will not appear in Episode IX, it sounds as though the beloved character will still exist within the world of the franchise. The implication is that she won't be seen, so there's no need to worry about shoddy CGI, but her presence will be felt. And if Boyega is to be believed, then her last moments onscreen will do justice to both the woman and the character.
In many ways, it's a mirror of what those left behind in the real world feel about Fisher; she's gone but not forgotten. She was taken from us far too soon, with many plans left unfinished, but we'll remember her at her finest. And although the details haven't been nailed down yet, and Boyega didn't say anything too official, it sounds like the Star Wars universe will follow that lead.
If all goes to plan, it sounds like Disney and Lucasfilm have a fitting tribute in the works for one of the most iconic protagonists of all time. So while it will be an undeniably tragic moment, saying goodbye onscreen to someone already lost in real life, she will live on in that universe as much as she does in fans' memories.