Fans were psyched to see a glimpse of Leia Organa finally being able to use the Force in The Last Jedi. This was the first time that the General showed her abilities. However, this was only showed for a brief moment and fans have always wanted to see Leia fully embrace her abilities. That being said, Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd, reveals an interesting detail about her supposed role in The Rise of Skywalker.
Speaking with Yahoo! Entertainment, Todd Fisher reveals Carrie’s Leia Organa was set up as the last Jedi in the upcoming movie. He claims that she was “going to be the big payoff in the final film.” Fisher admits that he found this supposed role as something “cool.”
It’s unfortunate that fans never got to see Leia wield her lightsaber once she becomes a full-fledged Jedi master. However, Fisher also revealed that, in order to fill Carrie’s absence in the upcoming film, director J.J. Abrams used unseen footage from The Force Awakens. There’s a total of 8 minutes of footage of Carrie Fisher and Abrams found a way to reverse-engineer all of it and actually used every frame as much as he can to place it within the story “the right way.”
Todd Fisher didn’t go into details about how exactly Abrams pulled that off but he supported the director in using unused footage of her sister because Abrams was great friends with the actress. Fisher claims that Abrams “had an extraordinary sense of love for her.”
He also made hints about how Abrams found a way to address both losses. Fisher thinks that this is sort of a “payoff.” He likens it to “Carrie talking to us all from beyond.” Fisher also found it “beautiful” that the Force has a concept that there’s no real death, and that one just exists in another dimension. He thinks that the actress is just “looking down” and is still very much a “part of us.” “To be able to see that - it’s magical stuff only in the movies,” Fisher added.
It’s interesting to see how Abrams will be able to pull this off and manage to make an emotional scene out of only 8 minutes of footage. It’s safe to say that fans are looking forward to Leia’s role in the upcoming movie.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres on December 20.