Carrie Fisher‘s death in 2016 was an emotional blow to people everywhere, and it also raised a question: how would the third and final entry in the new Star Wars trilogy address her passing? At first, it seemed as if Fisher’s General Leia wouldn’t be in the movie at all, but an announcement was soon made that director J.J. Abrams would be utilizing unused footage of the late actress to give Leia a presence in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
But just how much unused footage is there? And how big a part does Leia have? According to Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher, we shouldn’t expect to see a whole lot of Fisher in the film – but that doesn’t mean she won’t have an impact.
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In April of 2017, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that the late Carrie Fisher would not appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 9, despite the claims of Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother. But it looks like Todd ended up being right in the long run, because the production ultimately figured out a way to include General Leia after all by utilizing unused footage that was shot during the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In a recent interview, Todd Fisher reacts to the decision and says Leia’s final appearance will be “important to us all.”
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Last year, Hollywood was hit hard with the death of Carrie Fisher, leaving Star Wars fans mourning for the loss of Princess Leia. After grief had passed, many wondered how the saga would proceed without Carrie Fisher able to return to the franchise. The actress had already completed her shooting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but what would happen to Leia without Carrie Fisher around to give her a proper send-off?
Lucasfilm and Disney have already confirmed that visual effects will not be used to bring Carrie Fisher to life on the big screen again, even though they recently achieved the feat of bringing Peter Cushing back as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Instead, it turns out we’ll see Carrie Fisher returning for Star Wars Episode 9 thanks to existing footage of the actress. Read More »