The late, great Carrie Fisher had wrapped her work as General Leia on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” when she suddenly passed away at the very end of 2016. That left those in charge to pick up the pieces of the current trilogy and figure out how to give her character a proper sendoff in next month’s finale of the Skywalker Saga.
Before her passing, Fisher reportedly told Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy she wanted to be at the forefront of ‘Rise of Skywalker’ as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker were the key characters of the previous films. Kennedy and the Lucasfilm brass were going to honor her request.
Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Fisher’s brother Todd has now offered insight into what the original plan for Leia Organa was in ‘Rise of Skywalker’ and suggests she is the ‘Last Jedi’ that the previous film was referring to and fans would get to see her using Force powers at last as she would’ve become a full Jedi warrior. Todd Fisher tells the outlet:
“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? People used to say to me, ‘Why is it that Carrie never gets a lightsaber and chops up some bad guys.’ Obi-Wan was in his prime when he was Carrie’s age!
The truth is that J.J. Abrams was great friends with Carrie… 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.
This is, in its own way, a payoff… It’s Carrie talking to us all from beyond. The beautiful thing about the concept of the Force is that there is no real death; you just exist in another dimension.”
In related news, Fisher’s co-star Mark Hamill has teamed up with Omaze to raise money for the USC McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative. As a result, he’s done a video in which current day Hamill watches a video of his 24-year-old self auditioning for “Star Wars”. Check out that video below.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in cinemas on December 20th.