John Boyega says that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a fitting coda for co-star Carrie Fisher's character of Leia Organa Solo, and that he really enjoyed the "many" scenes they filmed together.
"We really enjoyed each other's company," Boyega says on ABC's Popcorn With Pete Travers. "I was in Nigeria when we found out [about her death]. It was a strange, strange feeling. I felt like everyone in the cast went silent for a bit after that ... this movie, it sends her off in an amazing, amazing way. And she is still kept alive in this franchise. That's the beauty of it: She lives forever in a sense."
Fisher passed away in December 2016, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said that The Last Jedi wouldn't be changed to address Fisher's death. Prior to her passing, Fisher was was scheduled to reprise her role as Leia for 2019's as-yet-untitled sequel, Star Wars: Episode IX, but Kennedy since said that she would not appear in Episode IX despite the family's blessing for a digital recreation similiar to the ending of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to open in theaters December 15.