At a panel for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, a video featuring Carrie Fisher throughout the years helped end the panel.
As Star Wars Celebration Orlando kicks off today, one of the biggest events happened to be the 40 Years of Star Wars panel. George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, and more all had segments. But how can you talk about A New Hope without talking about Carrie Fisher?
After all, Princess Leia kicks the whole movie off. “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”
And the following video shows that she remembered all of those words among other things. Check it out below:
During the panel, Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd (herself part of the Star Wars cast as Lieutenant Connix) introduced it after both Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy said a few words. But then came the perhaps the even larger surprise. John Williams himself then conducted a live version of “Princess Leia’s Theme.” A look at the orchestra playing showed that even their eyes weren’t quite dry, either.
Starting with some of her most iconic moments from the films, then showing her throughout the years as she spoke about her connection to the Princess and set to “Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie. There’s video of her behind the scenes on The Force Awakens and of her media appearances as of late, including one on Good Morning America. Then Oscar Isaac says she “remembers all the words.”
The video puts together several different versions of her reciting the message to Obi-Wan Kenobi, including the clip from A New Hope itself.
If you hadn’t already been having trouble with your emotions, that’s probably when it got you. The rest of the video continues with actors like Ford and Hamill speaking about her. Even Gwendoline Christie says how inspirational she was.
But of course, it ends on Carrie Fisher herself, making a joke about how she got the job.
Stay tuned for more from Star Wars Celebration Orlando.