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Star Wars 9: Leia is Important for the Ending of the Story According to J.J. Abrams

Published Thu Dec 05 2019 By Travis
Star Wars 9: Leia is Important for the Ending of the Story According to J.J. Abrams

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.

No matter whether the audience is feeling the fatigue of watching five 'Star Wars' films in five years, this is the end of the story started back in 1977 by the mastermind George Lucas. After the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, there was a change of direction made by the study without the inclusion of George.

Star Wars was created by George Lucas with the release of A New Hope in 1977.
Star Wars was created by George Lucas with the release of A New Hope in 1977.

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Most of the change worked fine; we are at a point where the two our four 'Star Wars' movies released by Disney are good to great, whereas there are varying degrees of emotions when it comes to the latter two films. Smartly, to sway the public opinion on their side, the studio decided to include George back in the saga again, and Kathleen Kennedy said they were there with their notepads and laptops, taking down everything the creator of Star Wars said.

When it comes to Kathleen Kennedy, she said there is no set course of action for the 'Star Wars' movies after the ending of 'The Rise of Skywalker,' but at least J.J. knows what he is doing with the final film in the saga.

J.J. Abrams is back directing the final Skywalker saga.
J.J. Abrams is back directing the final Skywalker saga.

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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.'

General Leia is an integral part of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
General Leia is an integral part of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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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.”

Carrie Fisher died in 2016 at the age of 60 which is why unused clips of the actress will be used in The Rise of Skywalker.
Carrie Fisher died in 2016 at the age of 60 which is why unused clips of the actress will be used in The Rise of Skywalker.

Source: Empire

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.

Watch: The trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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