In the end, she left us with a word: hope.
That word — which Carrie Fisher said first in the original Star Wars (1977) in her “help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi” speech — is such a powerful statement of what the film is all about that in 1981, George Lucas renamed the whole damn movie in its honor.
Her line reading, easily the most repeated (and probably the most memed) line in all of Star Wars, is what had won Fisher the role in the first place. It literally gave the world A New Hope.
And it was to that one word that Gareth Edwards just returned in the latest Star Wars blockbuster, Rogue One. In the movie — spoiler alert for the 4 or 5 fans who haven’t seen it yet — a lookalike CGI version of Leia is seen uttering the word, clipped from Fisher’s line reading. She also gets the very final line of thanks in the credits. Read more…