Carrie Fisher, known to the world as Princess Leia sadly passed away in December 2016 but her legacy lives on in the Star Wars universe, both as a memory and an ongoing presence. As the teaser trailer for the latest movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerrevealed, Fisher will still appear in the film, even two years after her passing. It seems filmmaker, J.J. Abrams does not yet see a universe without its rebellious Princess.
Fisher first won us over as Princess Leia in 1977 with George Lucas’ Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope. The movie was a huge success and she went on to portray the role in 3 more installments to the Star Wars universe: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
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The role brought Fisher to iconic status. She was only 19 when she first debuted her portrayal of the Star Wars Princess. She gave the character the fierce personality and tenacious spirit that the world knows and loves. The chemistry between co-star Harrison Ford who played Han Solo was also undeniable.
It’s no wonder no one else would ever do the part justice. No other role that Fisher took on could measure up to the pop culture icon that was Princess Leia. Girls all over the world looked up to her and dressed up in her many recognizable outfits with her trademark double bun hairstyle. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could rival this lasting legacy.
As the teaser trailer recently confirmed, the latest addition to the Star Wars saga will still include appearances by Princess Lea, which will once again be portrayed by Carrie Fisher. Director J.J. Abrams recently revealed that they managed to utilize unused footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in order to do so.
He explained there reasoning in detail; “She was the best. She was glorious. She was amazing. And we all just loved her. I knew her from many years before as well, [from] Episode 7; she was the greatest. It was impossible – there was no way. What are you going to do? You don’t recast that part, and you don’t suddenly have her disappear. The weird miracle of having had a number of scenes from Force Awakens that had gone unused, looking at those scenes and starting to understand that there was actually a way to use those scenes to continue her story so that it would be her.”
Special Effects Won’t Suffice
Abrams also dismissed the idea of using special effects to replicate Fisher. “The idea of having a CG character was off the table; we never even want to try,” he said. “And the idea of saying ‘Well, what if we could actually write scenes around her? So it would be her performance, she’s in the movie.'” Fisher in a sense lives on through the Star Wars universe.
Her daughter, Billie Lourd is also in the movie, which creates an even more surreal experience for those who knew Fisher, seeing her star alongside her daughter, even after her passing. “She’s so alive in scenes – and the craziest part is how not crazy it feels…Princess Leia lives in this film in a way that is kind of mind-blowing to me,” Abrams said. The movie, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker is set to hit US theaters on December 20, 2019.