J.J. Abrams: Carrie Fisher is heart of ‘Rise of Skywalker’


By philo@mid-day.com (Mid-Day)

The upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will honour the legacy of Carrie Fisher. Director J.J. Abrams says the late actress will appear as Princess Leia for the last time in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”.

Abrams on Saturday got on the stage at D23 Expo here to explain how the footage of the late actress has been used in the upcoming installment of the franchise. For him, it was very important to make Fisher a part of the final film in the “Skywalker” saga as her iconic character makes up for the heart of the entire story.

“The character of Leia is really, in a way, the heart of this story. We realised we could not possibly tell the end of these nine films without Leia. We realised that we had footage from Episode VII, and we could use it in a new way,” Abrams said.

Fisher died in December in 2016 at age 60, after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She had already completed filming on her role in “The Last Jedi”. Last year, it was announced that Fisher’s family had approved previous footage of her being used for Episode IX, titled “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”.

Abrams said that he had unused footage of the actress from “The Force Awakens”, and that’s when he decided to use it in the final part.

“We realised we could use it in a new way so Carrie, as Leia, gets to be in the film,” he said.

Abrams also shared that he wasn’t originally intended to direct the film. He got inspired by what Fisher wrote about the future “Star Wars” project in her book “The Princess Diarist”, before she passed away.

He recalled that Fisher penned: “And special thanks to J.J. Abrams for putting up with …read more

Source:: mid-day