Carrie Fisher’s final Star Wars movie will see General Leia Organa passing on the torch to a new leader of the Resistance.
Between The Force Awakens and the bits we’ve already seen of The Last Jedi, you may have gathered that Leia and Poe Dameron (the Resistance pilot played by Oscar Isaac) are close.
But it turns out their bond runs deeper than we knew.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Isaac described Poe as a kind of “surrogate son” for Leia – and someone she wants to groom for leadership.
“Poe’s arc is one of evolving from a heroic soldier to a seasoned leader, to see beyond the single-mindedness of winning the battle to the larger picture of the future of the galaxy,” said Isaac.
He describes Leia’s guidance as “tough love” meant to instill “wisdom and clarity” in the hotshot pilot.
The characters’ deep bond appears to run parallel to the friendship that the actors formed off-screen.
Isaac shared this memory of his time on set with Fisher:
One of my favorite things that would happen from time to time on set would be when Carrie would sing old songs. Whenever that would happen I would offer her my hand and we would waltz around the set – on a starship, in a Rebel base, on an alien planet, and she would sing and we would dance. So surreal and beautiful to think about now. For all of her delicious, wicked humor and fiery energy she also had such sweet grace. I miss her dearly.
So do we, Oscar. So do we.