More details have emerged about Carrie Fisher’s original role as General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Before Fisher’s untimely passing, Leia was being set up to be “the last Jedi”. That’s according to the actress’s brother, Todd Fisher, who also noted that the character was going to potentially pick up a lightsaber for the first time on the big screen.
“She was going to be the big payoff in the final film,” Ross Fisher told Yahoo. Where Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker got their own farewells in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi respectively, Episode 9 would have been Fisher’s time in the spotlight, with her brother revealing, “She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak.”
Ross Fisher also hints that an expansion of Leia’s Jedi powers, first glimpsed in The Last Jedi, would have happened in Rise of Skywalker. He stated, “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!”
Plans, unfortunately, changed. Ross Fisher has, however, teased just how much of Leia we can expect to see in Rise of Skywalker: “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.”
While we’ll never get to see Leia cutting down the First Order with a lightsaber, we will at least get the chance to say goodbye in some fashion this December.
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