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After two years of waiting, Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally hits theaters this Friday. While the highly anticipated film arrives with a great deal of excitement, there is a bit of a pall over the whole thing knowing that this is the last time we will see Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia on screen. But Saturday night's premiere of the film was more of a celebration of the actress than a mourning of her passing. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, hit the red carpet and paid tribute to her mom and the character of Princess Leia in a simple, yet awesome way. Take a look.
The simple choice to rock the Princess Leia bun to the premiere shows how in tune Billie Lourd is with the Star Wars universe and its fans. She recognizes not only her own loss, but also how much Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia meant to people around the world. This isn't the first time Billie Lourd has dressed as Princess Leia and paid tribute to her mother, but this was the ideal venue to do it again. The Last Jedi tragically has an extra spotlight on Princess Leia due to Carrie Fisher's passing, but if Fisher couldn't be there, what better way to pay tribute to her than for her daughter to inhabit her iconic hairstyle on the red carpet? The fan art of Princess Leia behind Billie Lourd just makes this tribute even better.
For those who haven't seen the original trilogy in a while (there's still time to marathon before Star Wars: he Last Jedi), the bun Billie Lourd is wearing is the same as the one Princess Leia wore at the Royal Award Ceremony on Yavin 4 at the end of A New Hope. This is the awards ceremony after the destruction of the Death Star, where Princess Leia Organa bestows medals of bravery on Han Solo and Luke Skywalker (and for some reason leaves Chewbacca medal-less). Billie Lourd, as seen in this Instagram post, definitely looks like Leia from the ceremony, so I could see fans favoring her to play a young Leia if the role came up in a future Star Wars film. But for now, she has her own future and is already a part of the universe as Lieutenant Connix in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
This was such an awesome and beautiful tribute at what was, by most accounts, an exciting and highly emotional premiere. While full reviews for the film are not out yet, the first reactions from to the film are both encouraging and thought-provoking. Check out our refresher for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to get you up to speed before you see the film and don't forget to pre-order your tickets for opening weekend now. Star Wars: The Last Jedi blasts into theaters this Friday, December 15th.