Carrie Fisher back in Star Wars 9: “We owe this to JJ Abrams”

The actress’ brother is delighted that footage of Leia from The Force Awakens is being used.

Shortly after the death of Carrie Fisher, her brother Todd had said in the press that Leia would return in the final episode of the new trilogy. Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, then commented that he was “confused”, implying that this would not be the case. The question of the return of this cult character from the saga has nevertheless been important since the release of Last Jedi, since the heroine survives the end of Rian Johnson’s film. The managers of the studio having swore they wouldn’t resuscitate her digitally (technique used to Rogue one), how to say goodbye to Leia in Episode 9 ? The official casting fell in July 2018 and Carrie Fisher was present alongside Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn)…

How is it possible ? Director JJ Abrams explained in the Disney statement: “It was not clear how to find a satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker Saga without her. And it was out of the question to re-cast it or use a digital special effects character. With the help and blessing of her daughter, Billie Lourd, we found a way to live up to Carrie and Leia’s legacy in Episode IX, using never-before-seen footage from Episode VII that we shot. together.”

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Todd Fisher was right: the team found a way to bring Carrie back. “And we owe that to JJ!, exclaimed the star’s brother to the Hollywood Reporter, at the announcement of the casting, delighted that a last tribute to his sister is paid in the final episode of “the Skywalker saga.” He then detailed not to blame the producer because of the communication mess that dates back to April 2017. “If (what I said) was able to inspire this decision to keep Leia at the heart of the story, that’s fine. But I have to say that for a while, I felt lonely, like a soul screaming in the sea. wild nature.”

Star wars 9 will be broadcast Sunday evening on TF1, for the first time in clear. Here is his trailer:

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