Only several days are left before the premiere of the third instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
For many years, one of the most intriguing questions was whether we’ll see Carrie Fisher, who played Leia Organa. The actress died on December 27, 2016. Variety and Reuters reported that she had been planned for a key role in The Rise of Skywalker.
In January 2017, Lucasfilm said that there were no plans to digitally generate Fisher’s performance as they had for Rogue One. In April, it was revealed that Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, had granted Disney the rights to use recent footage of Fisher. But, a week later, Kathleen Kennedy declared that Carrie Fisher would not appear in the movie. And in July 2018, J. J. Abrams eventually announced that unused footage of the actress from The Force Awakens would be used to help complete the story.
Todd Fisher commented this situation, “There’s a lot of minutes of footage. I don’t mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. … It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.”
The action takes place a year after the events of The Last Jedi. The remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again – while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil. In the meantime, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.
The final episode of the nine-part Skywalker saga is produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams’s production company Bad Robot Productions, and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Besides Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams.
Read more about the cast of the movie on PRABOOK.COM.