Carrie Fisher and director Rian Johnson.
Carrie Fisher did over reprise her role as General Leia Organa at the newest installment of the Star Wars franchise.
Before her passing at age 60 final year, she brought her own wit and comedy with her into The Last Jedi — and director Rian Johnson was about it. He included some one-liners who have that characteristic Fisher bite, which she composed herself.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Johnson imputed Fisher with at least two quippy lines. The very first was a line about her new hairstyle she makes to Mark Hamill’s character, Luke Skywalker.
“This was,” Johnson stated. “This was a Carrie Fisher line. Obviously it was. ”
The next was a scene with actress Laura Dern, who performs Vice Admiral Holdo. Fisher tells her, “You move, I’t said it enough,” as the two trip over each other’s words when saying the iconic line, “May the Force be with you” at the exact same moment.
Johnson also discussed the process of working with Fisher. “After an hour, I’d have filled up pages and pages writing the notes down and one-liners that she would pitch,” he said. “And therefore we tried to work them whenever we can. ”
The zingers carry a little more emotional gravity considering Fisher died nearly a year ago following a heart attack. The movie also plays tribute to the late actress, finishing with the note, “In loving memory of the Lady, Carrie Fisher. ”