The highly anticipated trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has finally dropped, and there's no doubt the force will be with every viewer.

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Fans are given a brief glimpse of late Carrie Fisher in the clip, who filmed her role as Princess Leia before her tragic death last December.

The film's director Rian Johnson unveiled the new trailer at a Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando.

The Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi trailer has dropped. Source: Youtube

At the same event, Carrie was honoured by her daughter Bille Lourd.

The 24-year-old Scream Queens star channelled her mum's famous character Princess Leia in a white bell-sleeved mini-dress as she gave an emotional speech to the crowd after being introduced by the franchise's creator George Lucas.

The late Carrie Fisher can be seen in the clip. Source: Youtube
Carrie was honoured by her daughter Bille Lourd at a Star Wars event in Florida, where the trailer was unveiled. Source: Getty

"My mom used to say she never knew where Princess Leia ended and Carrie Fisher began," Billie told the audience.

"She went from being an unknown actress, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, to Princess Leia, a character synonymous with the ultimate strong woman. A soldier, a fighter, a beyond capable, independent, sensible woman in control of her own destiny, a rebel who resisted the norm.

"She was imperfect in many ways, but her imperfections and her willingness to speak about them are what made her more than perfect. My mom, like Leia, was never afraid to speak her mind and say things that would have made most people uncomfortable, but not me and not you. That is why she loved you, because you accepted and embraced all of her. The strong soldier of a woman she was and also the vulnerable side of her, who often openly fought her own dark side," she continued, pausing often to calm her emotions.

“She taught me by her own example, that the most evolved person is seemingly a contradiction — they are both the strongest and the most vulnerable person in the room. And that was her. That is Leia.”

The actress gave an emotional speech about her late mum. Source: Getty
It was the first time Billie had spoken publicly about losing her mother. Source: Getty
The audience cheered during the touching tribute. Source: Getty

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Billie's attendance at the 40 Years of Star Wars panel was the first time she has spoken publicly about her mother since Carrie died on December 27 last year.

Tragically Carrie's mother, and Billie's grandmother, legendary actress and stage star Debbie, passed away the following day.

Watch Billie's emotional speech below.

Carrie passed away last December. Source: Getty
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