Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Director J.J. Abrams Says Leia’s Story Hasn’t Really Changed

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November 18, 2019  11:02 AM



Lucasfilm always had an outline of what was going to take place in Star Wars sequel trilogy. Sure, production might have become a bit difficult ever since Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher’s passing, however, it seems like there’s been little done to change Leia’s story in the franchise.

Speaking in an interview with Total Film (via Digital Spy), Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams talks about Leia’s story in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The filmmaker admits that it has been a bit difficult working on Carrie’s scenes without her, but while Episode IX has to make do with recycled footage of the Star Wars legend, Abrams says that Leia’s story in the movie has changed very little from what was originally planned.

"There are scenes where she's interacting with other characters in a way that is uncanny,"  Abrams admitted in his discussion with the entertainment news outlet. “Hopefully, if it works, it will be an invisible thing and if you didn't know, you would never know. But we got to tell the story with Leia that we would have told had Carrie lived. And that's kind of incredible."

We can’t wait to see what The Rise of Skywalker has planned for General Organa. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was dedicated to Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Star Wars: The Last Jedi was an ode to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Episode IX is for Leia and for Carrie Fisher.

We hope that the film tells Leia’s story the best way that it can.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.

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