John Boyega loves that his late friend Carrie Fisher will live forever in the Star Wars films.
Carrie passed away suddenly at the age of 60 in December last year (16), after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. And in a tragic twist, Carrie’s mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, died the following day.
Carrie was shooting Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the time of her death, and fans will be able to see the actress one last time as her famed alter ego Princess Leia when the film hits theaters in December.
“We have many scenes in this one coming up, we worked together closely,” John, who joined the beloved franchise in 2015 as rogue stormtrooper Finn, told ABC News. “(She was) amazing. It’s the same old, same old, you get to know someone and the gloss and the glamour, it starts to go away and you start to see the person and you’re having a great time, you’re enjoying each other’s company
“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."
The 25-year-old Londoner added that he was away in Nigeria when he heard the sad news, and he admits it was a “strange, strange feeling” comprehending her passing.
“I felt like everybody in the cast, and obviously around the world, went silent for a bit, kind of like a dimmed light,” he remembered.