General Leia is an important part of the story for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker according to J.J. Abrams.
With the 'Star Wars' saga as we knew it set to end with the final movie dealing with the 'Skywalker' saga making its way to the theatres this holiday season. The team behind the making of the film is on their movie tour, to make sure as many people as possible go see the movie and be satisfied with the conclusion of the over 40-year-old saga.
During the promotion for the movie, the director was at an interview when he was asked about the involvement of the actress Carrie Fisher in the film. The actress who played 'Princess Leia' in the series died in 2016 at the age of 60. She was scheduled to go down for some shooting for 'The Rise of Skywalker,' but she died before a single frame for the movie was even shot.
It was a huge loss, and it was felt throughout by everyone who grew up loving 'Star Wars' and the work of Carrie Fisher. J.J. was also moved by the actress after he read what she wrote in her book about the director. And when asked about the involvement of the actress in the beloved franchise, the director said it was impossible to make the movie without 'Leia.'
We already got the confirmation they would no digitally recreate the actress for the final movie; instead, they would use existing footage of the actress, which were left out during the cutting of 'The Force Awakens' and retool it to fit the story of 'The Rise of Skywalker.'
“We couldn't tell the story without Leia,” Abrams explained. “She's the mother of the villain of the piece. She's in a sense the mother of the resistance, the rebellion, the leader, the general.” The director continued, “Her role is, I would say, integral. This is not just a cosmetic thing where we're sort of inserting Leia.”
The director will need to use old footage to integrate her role into the film, and J.J. did mention he’d loved to work with the actress again, “There is no question we would have done, I'm sure, additional and other things. But the fact we had the material to do what we did is incredibly gratifying.”
'Star Wars is one of the most successful franchises in the history of entertainment franchises, with the three leading casts of the show, gone, there needs to be a changing of the guards. Will the 'Star Wars' franchise survive a shakeup? Everything will be made clear when 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' arrives in theatres on 20 December 2019.
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