New details about Carrie Fisher's original role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have emerged.
"She was going to be the big payoff in the final film. She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak. That’s cool, right?" her brother Todd Fisher told Yahoo. However, due to the actor's untimely death, the original plans for her role in the film were changed.
“The truth is that J.J. Abrams was great friends with Carrie," he added. "He had an extraordinary sense of love for her. They had eight minutes of footage. They grabbed every frame and analyzed it... and then reverse-engineered it and [got] it into the story the right way. It’s kind of magical.”
Carrie Fisher passed away in December 2016 at the age of 60. However, with permission from her family, The Rise of Skywalker incorporated unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to create her performance in the upcoming film, rather than rely on a digital performance through CGI.
Leia's own Force powers were seen during Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, when she was blown into space during an attack by the First Order. According to Todd Fisher, the original Rise of Skywalker script expanded on this and gave her a much more physical role.
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, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.