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JJ Abrams Says Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Tells Leia’s Story As Intended

November 19, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

JJ Abrams weighed in on how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will handle Leia’s story considering Carrie Fisher died before filming began. Speaking with Total Film (via Games Radar), Abrams said that they were able to use unused footage from The Force Awakens for the upcoming film in such a way that it will close out Leia’s arc in the same way it would have if she had been alive to film her scenes.

“There are scenes where she’s interacting with other characters in a way that is uncanny,” Abrams said. “Hopefully, if it works, it will be an invisible thing and if you didn’t know, you would never know. But we got to tell the story with Leia that we would have told had Carrie lived. And that’s kind of incredible.”

The article noted that there were a few options considered including CGI and even recasting, something Abrams was strongly opposed to. Ultimately, they were able to use the footage they had to tell the story.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to release on December 20th, 2019.