Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker originally included a lightsaber-wielding Leia

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker originally included a lightsaber-wielding Leia

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker originally included a lightsaber-wielding Leia

Penning an incredibly heartwarming essay for TIME, the actress, 27, revealed that she "couldn't understand" why people loved her mother so much as Princess Leia - even confessing that she didn't get very far after attempting to watch the fantasy sci-fi for the first time at the age of 6.

Carrie Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, has revealed new details about director JJ Abrams' original plans for Leia in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. "The lovely thing about the concept of the Force is that there is no real death; you just exist in another dimension", Todd said.

"Well, as you can imagine, we were really stunned by the death of Carrie".

"She was going to be the big payoff in the final film", he said. That moment in The Last Jedi where she uses the Force to pull herself from space into safety was only the beginning of what she could do with her powers. "Obi Wan, in his prime, was Carrie's age". She would need training in the Force to be able to help Rey.

Back in December 2016, Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher passed away shortly after finishing her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. [Abrams] had an extraordinary sense of love for her.They had eight minutes of footage.

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One of the last times we spoke on the phone, she talked about how excited she was that the next movie in the trilogy was going to be Leia's movie.

Unfortunately, that's not the way the cards played out, but when J.J. Abrams succeeded Colin Trevorrow as The Rise of Skywalker, he made a decision to keep Carrie Fisher in the story via never-before-seen-footage from the last two Star Wars movies she appeared in, which was a surreal challenge. They grabbed every frame and analysed it... and then reverse-engineered it and [got] it into the story the right way. It's full of Leia in her glory and leading the Resistance into the next chapter of the story. "Its kind of magical".

Todd goes on to claim that had Carrie not died she would've had a much bigger part to play in The Rise of Skywalker.

Still think Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker was the "last Jedi" referenced in the title of the eighth episode of Star Wars's Skywalker Saga?

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