Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is going to be the final appearance of Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, which is fairly tragic since the actress passed away back in 2017. Obviously, there were more plans for her before she died but J. J. Abrams has confirmed Fisher’s return for the new movie and that they would be using deleted scenes from The Force Awakens.
The move has garnered applause and controversy, with some fans feeling like they added her deleted scenes to emotionally manipulate fans. However, speaking with Vanity Fair, Abrams promised that Fisher’s scenes would make a lot of thematic sense, though admitting that the chosen sequence from The Force Awakens miraculously worked with the narrative of Rise of Skywalker.
"It’s hard to even talk about it without sounding like I’m being some kind of cosmic spiritual goofball. But it felt like we suddenly had found the impossible answer to the impossible question."
We’ll have to wait for the film to come out before we judge how they use Fisher’s scene but let’s try and think positive. Fans had mixed thoughts about Leia using The Force during The Last Jedi but it seemed like there were plans to explain that before the actor’s death in 2017. While her final scenes won’t be able to explain that, they will probably give fans some closure.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes out this December.