Those concerned that Carrie Fisher's return as Princess Leia in Star Wars 9 may feel forced or out of place need not worry, according to her brother, Todd Fisher. Two years ago, we lost Carrie Fisher and with that, it seemed like Leia wouldn't be returning to round out this new trilogy. But director J.J. Abrams has decided to use footage that was shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to bring her back. Now, the late actress' brother has discussed a bit about what we can expect from this footage.
Given that the scenes J.J. Abrams is going to use for Star Wars 9 weren't actually shot for the movie in question, there has been some concern, understandably so, that Leia's scenes in the movie may seem shoehorned to some degree. However, Todd Fisher, in a recent interview, assures that it's going to feel natural. Here's what he had to say about it.
"There's a lot of minutes of footage. I don't mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That's what's going to give everybody such a great kick. It's going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday. We're not allowed to talk about the details of anything. But we're thrilled at what's been done."
Disney and Lucasfilm made it clear pretty quickly once Carrie Fisher passed away that they weren't going to use CGI, like they did to bring Grand Moff Tarkin back in Rogue One, or to create the young Princess Leia seen at the end of that movie, to bring General Organa back for Episode IX. But Todd Fisher, from the beginning, was a proponent of bringing her back some way, somehow. Luckily, J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm felt the same way.
Given how The Last Jedi concluded, with the final few members of the Resistance narrowly escaping, and Leia still amongst their now tiny ranks, it would have felt wrong to not bring the character back. The other option would have been some sort of off-screen death. Obviously, given how much the character of Leia means to so many people, that wouldn't have been fitting. But nobody wants to see something that doesn't feel right or seems forced. Luckily, if Todd Fisher is to be believed, J.J. Abrams has managed to pull this off.
Beyond that, Abrams has to try and find a way to satisfy both those who loved The Last Jedi and those who hated it. Not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. The question is, will they actually show us some of this Leia footage in the trailer? We likely aren't going to see the movie's first trailer until Star Wars Celebration in April, so we've got plenty of time to ponder that question. Star Wars Episode IX is set to hit theaters on December 20, 2019. This news was first reported by Good Morning America.