Prior to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, fans knew that Carrie Fisher’s performance as Leia Organa was crafted through unused footage from The Force Awakens. In addition, a surprising flashback scene in the film included a Young Leia in training, which was made by using dailies from Return of the Jedi as well as Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, standing in for the actress. Now, fans will be able to go behind-the-scenes on how this was made possible through the movie’s documentary.
In a preview clip for The Skywalker Legacy shown by Good Morning America, Lourd talks about continuing her mother’s legacy. “It’s literally like a gift from her or forcing us to make her the star of the movie. Probably both,” she said with a laugh. Later in the clip, Lourd says being back in the film has been “incredible, painful, surreal,” and that she has probably felt all the adjectives one could come up with.
The clip also shows a glimpse of how director J.J. Abrams and the whole crew filmed Leia’s scenes, as well as Daisy Ridley getting teary-eyed as she preps for shooting sequences with the absent Fisher. “The reality of having to do a scene with someone who isn’t actually there was very difficult,” she said. “I sort of had to walk off and have a moment.” You can check it out below.
Despite the late actress’ absence in the film, Fisher truly made a powerful presence to the very end.
The Skywalker Legacy will be included in the digital and Blu-ray release of The Rise of Skywalker on March 17.