Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Reshoots Possibly Removed Key Leia Organa Scene

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It's no secret that director J.J. Abrams went through pains just to make sure that Leia Organa would still be portrayed by the late Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. However, a new report suggests that certain scenes featuring the character may have been deleted from the film's theatrical cut. Interestingly, these sequences were supposed to establish that Leia underwent Jedi training with the help of her brother Luke Skywalker.

The report comes from a recent episode of Now, This Is Podcasting! (via Reddit) where it was revealed that one of the opening sequences of The Rise of Skywalker was a flashback sequence showing Leia being trained by Luke before showing Leia helping Rey train in the present day. However, it was revealed that this scene is no longer in Episode IX.

Interestingly, that's not the only scene featuring Leia that may have been cut from The Rise of Skywalker. The podcast also confirms that the sequence where Luke and Leia help Rey defeat Emperor Sheev Palpatine has also been removed. This will then be replaced by a group of Jedi from the past coming in to help Rey in her fight against the villain.

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It's a curious move considering that fans are still expecting Leia to play a major role in the upcoming Star Wars film. However, the podcast pointed out these scenes were removed following the recent reshoots. Either way, we're hoping that Leia will still have a significant role to play in The Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release on December 20.

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