Last week, acclaimed director J.J. Abrams joined twitter to announce that the 9th episode of the Star Wars saga has began production in conjunction with the official cast announcement. The announcement was somewhat bittersweet as it was confirmed that the late Carrie Fisher would appear in the film reprising her legendary role of General Leia.
Abrams stated that this would be done by utilizing footage shot during the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which he also directed.
“The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Many fans were left wondering just how this footage would be cut in order to accomplish the goal of simulating Fisher’s interactions with characters like Rey, Poe, and Finn during the events of the upcoming film. Following a recent conversation with Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, Clayton Sandell of ABC News revealed on Star Wars News Net’s The Resistance Broadcast, that Fisher confirmed that additional unused footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be used as well.
“I talked to Todd Fisher today about all of this and he has been talking with J. J. Abrams about it. I asked him, because the press release only said The Force Awakens so I asked about The Last Jedi, and they are also using unused footage from The Last Jedi. I asked him how many minutes of footage they had from it and he said ‘I can’t tell you that!’”
Simply because this news comes from the retelling of a conversation, take this with a grain of salt. However, it would totally make sense that Abrams and his producers would want to get their hands on every piece of unused footage of Fisher as they could.
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Source: Star Wars News Net