What was Leia’s orignial role for Star Wars: Episode IX supposed to be? Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd reveals the info.
There was talk Star Wars: Episode IX was supposed to be Carrie Fisher’s vehicle. We never knew the details of what that meant – until now.
Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, told Yahoo Entertainment Leia was going to be shown as a full-fledged Jedi. That moment in The Last Jedi where she uses the Force to pull herself from space into safety was only the beginning of what she could do with her powers.
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Fisher told Yahoo Entertainment:
"“She was going to be the big payoff in the final film,” Fisher said. “She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak. That’s cool right?”"
It seems like a rather interesting route to take, but not entirely far-fetched. The Force Awakens was Han’s movie (and send off), The Last Jedi was Luke’s while Episode IX was to heavily feature Leia in the forefront.
Here’s another reason it doesn’t seem that far off, Leia is rumored to be the one that finishes Rey’s training, which we will see in Episode IX. She would need training in the Force to be able to help Rey.
Fisher had other comments about his sister’s role in The Rise of Skywalker. It turns out J.J. Abrams had eight minutes of unused footage to use for the film. Eight minutes doesn’t feel like a lot but it’s what they got and Abrams used every thing he had. While he doesn’t go into much more detail about it, it’s still great to know Fisher will be in the film.
We are going to have to say goodbye to Leia in some way. While we may not be getting a Jedi warrior, we are getting our Princess.
If you want more Leia, check out the Resistance Reborn novel. It’s full of Leia in her glory and leading the Resistance into the next chapter of the story.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20.