As Star Wars: The Last Jedi quickly approaches many collaborators and fans alike are looking back at Carrie Fisher’s life with fondness. During the press tour for The Last Jedi ComicBook.com talked to the director of the film Rian Johnson and he spoke about how he and Carrie brainstormed ideas and lines for scenes.
“Carrie was, you know, a writer first and foremost. She loved words,” said Johnson. “We would get together and we would go over the scenes. We wouldn’t rewrite the scenes but she would throw out suggestions for jokes, and lines, and ideas. And we’d go back and forth.”
“There are a few scenes that we got together with her and the other actors in the scene and kind of shaped it,” Johnson contniued. “I mean, if you have Carrie Fisher standing there with you, you’d be a fool not to use her writing talents. That was probably her main contribution. I’d go to her house, we’d sit on her bed for hours and just go through the script and just have this stream of consciousness, ad lib sessions.There would be a four word line of dialogue that would be the distillation of all of that that would be like, ‘Brilliant!’
Fisher being apart of the writing process shouldn’t come as a shock. She rewrote a lot of George Lucas’ dialogue from the original trilogy, mainly of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ to give Leia a more active role in the film. According to Johnson, The Last Jedi wasn’t intended to be Leia’s last role in the Star Wars universe, but we’ll see how it’s handled in the film when it comes out December 15th, 2018.