SALT LAKE CITY — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” honored late actress Carrie Fisher during the film’s premiere over the weekend.
Stars and filmmakers joined together at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday night for the first screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which debuts this Thursday night at many theaters.
Among the highlights, celebrities and those associated with the film honored the late Fisher, who died unexpectedly late last year and starred in “Last Jedi” as General Leia Organa.
Director Rian Johnson honored Fisher in his opening speech, according to Variety.
"I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie," Johnson told the crowd. "I know she’s up there right now flipping me the bird, saying, ‘Dammit, Rian, how dare you bring the mood down and make this night a solemn tribute?’ So let’s all have a blast together, for Carrie."
Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, dressed similarly to her mother’s famous Princess Leia character to celebrate her mom, too.
“Last Jedi” also honors Fisher. The screen reads "In loving memory of our princess, Carrie Fisher” after the credits roll, too, according to BuzzFeed.
Star Wars released a tribute video to Fisher earlier this year to honor her.
Johnson spoke candidly about Fisher earlier this year after many fans wondered what her role in the new film would be and how the film’s story would honor her.Comment on this story
“I think Carrie gives a really beautiful performance in the film and … we obviously didn’t make the movie to be her final film, final Star Wars movie,” Johnson shared with "Good Morning America," according to ComicBook.com. “Given that though, I think there are scenes that she has that are going to mean a lot to people. There are scenes that we have with her where now, not having her around, I watch them and … I’m really thankful that we have that and we can give that to people.”