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The next chapter in the Star Wars cinematic story, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ is drawing closer, and many of the film’s stars (along with the creative team) are finally able to pen up a little bit about their experiences in shooting the film.

The passing of Carrie Fisher, who played iconic character Leia Organa throughout the entire original trilogy of films as well as the new movies over the last few years, puts a unique spin on many memories of those involved in the film – specifically in their interactions with Fisher herself. Oscar Isaac, who plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, was able to chat a bit in a recent interview about his character’s connection to Fisher’s Leia:

“Poe is in some ways a surrogate son for Leia. But also I think she sees in him the potential for a truly great leader of the Resistance and beyond. 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. I think Leia knows she won’t be around forever and she, with tough love, wants to push Poe to be more than the badass pilot, to temper his heroic impulses with wisdom and clarity.”

Isaac also shared a singular story from behind-the-scenes of making the film:

“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.”

While it’s definitely a sad aspect of ‘The Last Jedi,’ for fans don’t have long to wait to see Fisher and the finished product come to the big screen.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premieres in American theaters on December 15, 2017.