Through the implementation of unused archival footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker provides the late Carrie Fisher with a posthumous performance in the upcoming Star Wars film.
An emotional clip from the sequel's first trailer shows Rey hugging Leia Organa and returning star Daisy Ridley recalled the original context for the footage, saying that it is not entirely different from how it fits into Episode IX.
"It’s not a million miles away from what this scene is. It was very sad. I found it very moving to watch it, because I do remember the original," admitted Ridley in an interview with Vulture. "It’s a strange thing to do, for someone that’s not around anymore to be brought back to life. It’s eerie that it resonates so much with what the story is this time. It’s pretty amazing."
While the sequence may be a particularly emotional one for the characters, Ridley observed that Fisher had whispered something to her during filming the scene nearly causing Ridley to break character on set.
"She was actually whispering, 'This is a f*cking long hug,'" revealed Ridley. "I was trying to do my acting, like, 'Oh my god, Carrie!' There wasn’t any discussion about what we were gonna do."
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.