Mark Hamill bid farewell to his late "Star Wars" twin Carrie Fisher with fans at a packed tribute panel at Celebration Orlando on Friday.
Director Rian Johnson - who stayed up into the wee hours to sign autographs for fans that had camped out overnight - praised the best "fan family in the world" as he snapped photos from the stage with his Leica camera.
Billie added to the fans, "She loved you".
Her hair, tinged with grey, is done up in a classic elaborate style traditional among the Skywalker ladies.
With this she assured that Fisher's role will not just be a cameo. Fisher's brother Todd Fisher claimed that she would be featured in the film in some way.
"We will see a lot of Carrie in [episode] eight", Kennedy said.
But this is just one out-of-context line in a teaser - we do see Luke giving the film's protagonist Rey some traditional Jedi training, after all.
"The Last Jedi" hits theatres on December 15. I'm not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her.
"The best advice I got was, you can't have enough BB-8", Johnson grinned.
"I'm trying to use you as therapy to get through this together, ' the actor said". He called Fisher "my beloved space twin" and said they were also great friends off-screen. "And that's the things I [would] look forward to - the premieres, whatever it was, even when I wasn't working with her, I was in her trailers hanging out. That seems like, to me, the most uninteresting (question)", said Johnson. She had you under her spell'. "She was an incredible writer, with an incredible mind".
Expectations for the new movie are high after Episode VII: The Force Awakens pulled more than $US2 billion at the box office and became the third-highest-grossing film of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.
His voice cracked as he read a letter he had written shortly after Fisher died in December.