Star Wars fans definitely realize that Leia was clearly intended to be the last Jedi in The Rise of Skywalker, so it’s not very astounding that everybody at long last gets the chance to see Leia with a lightsaber.
This after death appearance for Fisher as Leia appears to be extra nostalgic. Fortunately for Star Wars fans, her appearance in the last film of the new set of three was produced using utilizing past film that was cut from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
The Rise of Skywalker chief J.J. Abrams referenced on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Nov. 26 how he needed to deferentially keep Fisher in the new film.
“We knew there was no way we could finish this Skywalker saga without Leia, it was impossible,” Abrams said. “We knew we would never want to do a digital Leia, and of course couldn’t recast it, and then I remembered we had these scenes that we’d shot for Force Awakens that we’d never used.”
“At the time I was really upset that we weren’t using them because it was Carrie and it was Leia, and how do you not use them?” Abrams continued. “Weirdly those scenes were material that we 100% realized could be used to tell her story in this film, so every time you’re seeing Leia in scenes with other characters, it’s Carrie in this movie.”