Prior to Carrie Fisher’s death at the end of 2016, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was going to make her a full-blown Jedi.
For The Rise of Skywalker, Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher gave Lucasfilm a green light to use whatever unused footage that they had filmed with Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi to wrap up her story without relying on a CGI double, in order to respect her character’s legacy while bringing the Skywalker Saga to a close. But, in an interesting case of figuring out what might have been, the original plan was for her to succeed Luke Skywalker as the other “Last Jedi” before Carrie Fisher’s passing.
While speaking to Yahoo!, Todd Fisher revealed that Colin Trevorrow’s plan for the final Star Wars film in the Skywalker Saga, was to make Carrie Fisher’s iconic character a Jedi. Although this plan was discarded when Carrie Fisher passed away and Colin Trevorrow left The Rise of Skywalker due to creative differences, Todd Fisher describes the plan in detail, strongly implying that Leia even had a lightsaber:
“She was going to be the big payoff in the final film. She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak. That’s cool right? People used to say to me, ‘Why is it that [Carrie Fisher] never gets a lightsaber and chops up some bad guys?’ Obi-Wan was in his prime when he was [Carrie Fisher’s] age!”
In the lore of the new Star Wars movies, Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa did spend time training to harness her Force abilities with her brother Luke Skywalker. However, she ultimately decided that her role was not to become a Jedi, but to become a leader to the Galaxy that had just overthrown one of the most oppressive regimes in history and to become a mother to her only son. Shots in the trailers released for The Rise of Skwaylker so far hint that Leia is overseeing Rey’s training and is seeing her as the daughter that she never had, indicating that the spirit of this concept made it into J. J. Abrams’s film.
Todd Fisher has indicated that, even though Carrie Fisher is not alive to see it, The Rise of Skywalker will give a decisive conclusion to Leia’s story that will provide closure for the beloved character. He has seen how the archive footage of his sister was integrated into the film, and he describes the process as a beautiful experience:
“They had eight minutes of footage. They grabbed every frame and analysed it… and then reverse-engineered it and [got] it into the story the right way. It’s kind of magical. This is, in its own way, a payoff… It’s Carrie talking to us all from beyond. The beautiful thing about the concept of the Force is that there is no real death; you just exist in another dimension. So Carrie is looking down or sideways or wherever and is still part of us. To be able to see that — it’s magical stuff only in the movies.”
It certainly sounds like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker managed to give Leia a great send-off in spite of the tragic circumstances around the film, without exploiting Carrie Fisher’s memory. We’ll just have to see for ourselves when The Rise of Skywalker arrives next month.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will also appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot from previous Star Wars films.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.