Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Oscar Isaac has recalled a “pretty intense” scene he shot for the film alongside the late great Carrie Fisher. Following the release of the sequel’s first trailer, fans have spent much time analyzing Luke Skywalker’s mindset and his possible approach to training Rey, but the raging conflict between the Resistance and the First Order will be a key plot point as well. Writer/director Rian Johnson revealed at Star Wars Celebration, the villains will be looking to take advantage of the galaxy’s chaotic state in the wake of the Republic’s annihilation, placing the heroes in a tight spot.
As general and leader of the Resistance, a lot of people will be looking towards Leia Organa for guidance. In the original trilogy, the Princess won the hearts of millions thanks to her fiery, no-nonsense attitude and refusal to back down from a fight – no matter how stacked the odds were against her. From the sound of things, Leia hasn’t lost any of that trademark edge in her older years and will be as tough as ever in Episode VIII.
While on the red carpet for his new film The Promise, Isaac spoke with Business Insider and talked about one of his earliest experiences while on the Last Jedi set: filming a heated moment with Fisher.
“It was basically my first day [on set] and we did about 25 takes total. Half of them were on me and half of them were on her. I can’t give anything away but there was a scene where there was some physicality there and it was shot just over and over and over. She relished the physicality of it, let me just say. It was pretty intense. It will be funny to see what they cut together based on that.”
It’s been said before that Leia has a larger role in The Last Jedi when compared to The Force Awakens, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy promising audiences they’ll see a lot of Fisher during the film. During the Episode VIII panel, she was very complimentary of Fisher’s performance, calling it “remarkable” and “an amazing tribute to her talent.” Fortunately, it sounds like the actress has a lot to do and factors heavily into the narrative. Since this sadly will be the final time Fisher appears as Leia, it’s fitting that she isn’t merely a glorified cameo and should be a main character this time around. Just this brief description from Isaac seems more dynamic than anything Fisher did in Episode VII.
Much has been written about Luke’s damaged psyche after Ben Solo’s turn to the Dark Side, but Leia has also been through a lot in the decades since Return of the Jedi and could be feeling some raw emotions. Personally, she’s dealing with the knowledge that her own son murdered Han Solo and is probably beyond saving. In the regards to the larger picture, Leia was deemed a political pariah by members of the Republic for taking part in a war against the First Order and now has to help the scrappy band regroup after the Hosnian system was destroyed (with no government support available). It’s no wonder her scenes are going to have a little more intensity to them in Last Jedi, and it should be great to see Fisher command the screen.
Source: Business Insider