Carrie Fisher died back in 2016, but she’s making a posthumous performance in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker later this year. J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy talk about bringing Fisher back, and as it turns out, writing her off the film was not an option.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy explained:
“There was a huge sense of responsibility… We spent a lot of time talking about what do we want to feel? First of all, Leia. That was a really, really complicated conversation but we knew that she was such an important character to the story.”
Director Abrams also added:
“It just felt wrong to say that she wasn’t around, to say that she had gone somewhere, to say that she had passed away in between, it just felt like there was no way to end this story. She’s such an integral part of it.”
With Han and Luke playing such substantial parts in both TFA and TLJ, it was said that it was Leia’s time to shine when it came to TROS. While I don’t expect Leia’s involvement in the film to be as integral as what was initially planned, I’m hoping that Abrams and his team have found a way to keep Leia in the movie without us feeling that she was kind of shoehorned in.
Will TROS give us a proper sendoff for Leia? I certainly hope so.
The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.
Catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when it hits theaters Dec. 20.