With the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode 9 – The Rise of Skywalker it brings not only the the end of the latest Star Wars trilogy but also the culmination of the original story that started back in 1977 with Episode 4 – A New Hope. Unfortunately along the way, the galaxy lost its Princess as the great Carrie Fisher passed away in December 2016. She was a key part to this new trilogy as Leia.
Director of Episode 9 J.J. Abrams expressed that it seemed impossible to feature her in the newest film although she was crucial to the story. He then remembered that there was left over footage from his previous work as director on Episode 7, footage that had been changed or cut entirely from the final film. Through movie-magic and writing scenes around this old footage, Abrams found a way to keep Leia in the newest installment. Whilst speaking with Vanity Fair Abrams about how he worked Fisher into Episode 9 below.
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. It was a bizarre kind of left side/right side of the brain sort of Venn diagram thing, of figuring out how to create the puzzle based on the pieces we had.
[Talking about Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, appearing in the film]
There are moments when they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching. There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would.