‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ director dedicates premiere to Carrie Fisher

The film includes her last performance as Leia Organa

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson dedicated the premiere to Carrie Fisher last night (December 9).

The actor passed away last year after suffering a severe cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. The film marks her last performance as General Leia Organa.

Ahead of the screening at last night’s LA premiere, Johnson reflected on what he thought Fisher would be thinking if she was watching. “I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying, ‘Damn it Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute,'” he said.

He added: “So let’s all have a blast tonight for Carrie.”

Digital Spy reports that he also paid tribute to Fisher on the red carpet. “Once the audience sees her performance in this movie, she’s going to be there in all our hearts,” he said. “It’s bizarre not having her here tonight. She would be the life of the party.”

Meanwhile, Fisher’s dog Gary has a cameo in The Last Jedi.

The French Bulldog was frequently spotted at the late actress’s side before her untimely death last December, often accompanying her both on-set and at film premieres.

Now, director Rian Johnson has confirmed that Gary has become a film star in his own right, after he was initially spotted in a Last Jedi film-still obtained by Empire Magazine.