Grab The Tissues Before You Watch This New 'Star Wars' Tribute To Carrie Fisher

"We'll love her forever and ever."

This week, fans are coming together for Star Wars Celebration, a convention in Orlando dedicated to George Lucas' iconic franchise. This year's event is special, as this May marks the 40th anniversary of the original film's release. To celebrate, cast and crew from past films — including Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford — gathered for a panel on Thursday. 

As you might expect, part of the discussion focused on Carrie Fisher, who passed away last December at age 60. A beautiful video tribute was screened and shared online featuring footage of Fisher as Princess Leia, as well as funny behind-the-scenes moments and anecdotes from her co-stars. Force Awakens actor Oscar Isaac, for example, reveals in the clip that Fisher remembered many of the lines from the original trilogy by heart.

George Lucas was joined on stage during the tribute by Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, who wore a white dress reminiscent of Leia's costume and shared some touching words about her mother. "My mom, like Leia, was never afraid to speak her mind and say things that made people uncomfortable," she said. "Nothing about her was a performance."

"She wore a dress through the whole thing, but she was the toughest one in the group. At the same time she was fun to be with," Lucas said. "She'll always be the princess who took command and never backed down, never was in jeopardy. We'll love her forever and ever."

Star Wars composer John Williams even conducted an orchestra in a medley of songs from the movie, including "Princess Leia's Theme."


Grab some tissues and watch the emotional tribute below:

(H/T: USA Today)


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