At the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans were treated to a surprise appearance of a young Princess Leia as the film directly lead into the beginning of the original classic Star Wars: A New Hope.
John Knoll and the Rogue One VFX used the same technology as they did with Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin to recreate the appearance of Young Leia with Norwegian actress Ingvild Deila (Avengers: Age of Ultron) providing performance capture.
In a recent interview with Jamie Stangroom, Deila dished on the honor of providing the performance for Leia and the secrecy shrouding her involvement in the production:
“It was a very secretive, non-descript studio feature casting call. The measurements were quite precise. I had to do a self-tape where I talked about anything for three minutes. I had no idea what they were looking for.”
When actors audition for such a secretive role it isn’t unusual for them to be sent a set of dummy sides that don’t reveal what the actual part they are audition for is but in the case of Leia for Rogue One, Deila revealed she was sent one of Leia’s first scenes from A New Hope and also her single most iconic scenes in the first film:
“I realized what was actually happening because I was sent two scenes from A New Hope, when Leia meets Vader for the first time, and the hologram monologue. I was like “oh my god is this happening? Those buns are big… I had the hairy buns. And I had plenty of dots all over my face… like an exotic fish. I looked very strange.”
When asked whether or not her involvement was bittersweet as her face would not actually be used in the final cut, the actress said that she was thrilled to be a part of such a groundbreaking moment in the history of visual effects:
“I was just thrilled they were going to see how far they could push the effects and CGI.”
Deila added that it was a huge relief that Carrie Fisher loved her cameo in Rogue One which Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed shortly after Fisher’s untimely passing:
“I didn’t know how she felt about it until I read something about Kathleen Kennedy saying that Carrie Fisher enjoyed it. It was a huge relief!”
The actress also said that if Fisher had been against the digital recreation of herself then it would have been a much harder decision to sign on for the role:
“If she was against it then I don’t know if I would have said yes. But she was fine with it. It’s hard to know, it would have been way more complicated.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available on Digital HD March 24 followed by the DVD & Blu-Ray release on April 4.
Source: Jamie Stangroom