November is going to be a long one for Star Wars fans. Because with just a month and a half left until Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally arrives in theaters, the fandom is almost salivating with anticipation for the upcoming sequel. The Last Jedi will also have the distinction of being Carrie Fisher's final performance as General Leia. And aside from her tenure with the franchise and hilarious sense of humor, it turns out that Fisher actually helped influence The Last Jedi's costume department. Namely, she convinced Rian Johnson that the characters needed more accessories.
Rian Johnson shared this tidbit via Twitter, after being asked about the increase in necklaces in the film's trailers.
Even after her passing, Carrie Fisher is the gift that keeps on giving. While we knew she was an expert on all things Star Wars, this apparently includes the franchise's costuming. Because characters like Rose Tico and Benicio del Toro's mysterious newcomer needed some space jewelry in order to truly join the galaxy far, far away.
Carrie Fisher's feelings about space jewelry is interesting, considering her long and complicated relationship with Star Wars costumes. Her looks as Leia in the original trilogy are iconic, although not exactly comfortable. Fisher has written some of these experiences into her book and one woman show, including the time that George Lucas told her that there was no underwear in space. This was apparently because Fisher's white dress from A New Hope would make her undergarments visible, so she had to go without when filming the first movie.
Plus, who can forget the infamous metal bikini from Return of the Jedi? Leia's extra sexy slave costume came from her time in Jabba the Hutt's captivity, and is one of the most famous costumes in film history. In more recent years the outfit has been a source of controversy, with many believing that such a racy costume wouldn't fly nowadays, and is even misogynist. Carrie Fisher even spoke about it before her death; the flip side of any anti-Feminist argument is that Leia gets to kill Jabba in Return of the Jedi-- the gross creature that made her wear the bikini in the first place.
We'll just have to wait and see how many sweet space accessories make it into the final version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Luckily we won't have to wait too long, as the film will arrive in theaters December 15th; you can pre-order your tickets here. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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