Carrie Fisher's brother reveals Rise of Skywalker's original Leia plan

Luke in The Last Jedi

While sadly we won't get to see Leia become the fully-fledged, lightsaber-wielding Jedi warrior that she was seemingly destined to be, Fisher indicated that her final appearance in the franchise is something very special, as he praised Abrams for the way in which he repurposed the unseen footage of his sister.

We've seen instances of Leia Organa using the Force in Star Wars movies, like when she sensed her brother Luke made it off the second Death Star alive in Return of the Jedi, or when she Force pulled herself in the vacuum of space back to safety in The Last Jedi. The handsome thing about the concept of the Force is that there is no real death; you just exist in another dimension. It's Carrie talking to us all from beyond. To read Billie Lourd's words on it, to hear her story and her own journey of having Carrie as a mother and what Leia now means to her, as she is her "keeper", drives home the importance of this story.

Billie Lourd has detailed her life growing up as the daughter of the late Star Wars actress, Carrie Fisher. "She was going to be the big payoff in the final film", Fisher said. Kennedy and the Lucasfilm brass were going to honor her request, and as Todd Fisher noted, Fisher would have been around the same age that Alec Guinness was when he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. The Force Awakens was her first time on set, and on her first day of rehearsal, Fisher followed her around like a stage mom.

Todd Fisher discussed the footage J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm had that is being incorporated into The Rise of Skywalker, "I felt that the stuff that Carrie did in The Last Jedi was her best work".


Plans, unfortunately, changed. Ross Fisher has, however, teased just how much of Leia we can expect to see in Rise of Skywalker: "They had eight minutes of footage". They grabbed every frame and analyzed it. and then reverse-engineered it and [got] it into the story the right way.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20. "Its kind of magical".

I've been well aware of the fact that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is going to be hard for me.

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