Carrie Fisher's final performance in Star Wars: Episode IX will combine unseen footage from more than just The Force Awakens.
Fisher, who passed away in December 2016 after suffering a cardiac arrest, will appear the upcoming Star Wars film using a combination of footage from 2015's The Force Awakens and 2017's The Last Jedi to posthumously reprise her role as Leia Organa. When the cast for the latest Star Wars film was announced earlier this week, Fisher was included with filmmaker JJ Abrams confirming unused material from the 2015 film would be used for her performance. Fisher's brother Todd has since elaborated the performance will also feature material from the 2017 follow-up.
"I asked [Todd Fisher], because the press release only said The Force Awakens, so I asked about The Last Jedi and they are also using unused footage from The Last Jedi. I asked him how many minutes of footage they had from it and he said ‘I can’t tell you that!'" revealed ABC News' Clayton Sandell on this week's appearance on The Resistance Broadcast.
While LucasFilm initially confirmed they had no plans to digitally recreate Fisher's Leia in future Star Wars films despite receiving her family's blessing, Abrams was reportedly was instrumental in ensuring the actor would have a role in the final installment of the sequel trilogy. The performance, which was also approved by Fisher's family, serves as a sendoff to the actor that had since become an icon for the entire franchise and genre with millions of fans worldwide. While Todd Fisher has not gone into specifics on his sister's final performance, he hinted it wouldn't be a throwaway appearance.
"[Todd Fisher] said there were big surprises coming, big surprises with this movie, this performance, and the unused footage and said this one is really for the fans." continued Sandell.
Directed by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. It is scheduled to open on December 20, 2019.