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Star Wars: Carrie Fisher’s Leia Original Role In The Rise Of Skywalker Revealed

It was an incredibly sad moment when Carrie Fisher passed, but we will get to see her return on the big screen as General Leia in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.

We’re now hearing what the original role for General Leia was in the movie, and it sounds like she was going to be a big part of the film’s conclusion.

Yahoo! Entertainment was talking to Carrie’s brother, Todd, and he revealed that Fisher’s Leia was going to be part of a big payoff in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.

He said: “She was going to be the big payoff in the final film.”

He then added: “She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak. That’s cool right?”

This would have been so cool to see Leia possibly take on the Emperor, or even get a chance to wield a lightsaber, which is something the character never got to do in the movies.

Carrie Fisher’s General Leia was going to get a lot to do in The Rise of Skywalker

The original Star Wars gang: Luke, Leia and Han

The original Star Wars gang: Luke, Leia and Han – Credit: Lucasfilm

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Carrie’s brother, Todd, then continued: “People used to say to me, ‘Why is it that Carrie never gets a lightsaber and chops up some bad guys.”

Todd then highlighted the fact that Obi-Wan Kenobi was roughly about Carrie’s age when he battled Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope.

He exclaimed: “Obi-Wan was in his prime when he was Carrie’s age!”

Unfortunately, we will not get to see this version of the story for Leia on the big screen, but she will be in the movie as J.J. Abrams shot a lot of additional footage of Carrie when he did The Force Awakens, as did Rian Johnson when he helmed The Last Jedi.

“The truth is that J.J. Abrams was great friends with Carrie… he had an extraordinary sense of love for her,” explained Todd.

It was that love of Carrie which convinced Abrams to use the unused footage in The Rise Of Skywalker.

“They had eight minutes of footage,” Fisher said.

“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.”

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