A dead Fisher to reboot Star Wars? Abrams justifies
CHICAGO: The upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker is the
ninth and final space-centric theatrical film of the franchise directed by JJ
Abrams told a gathering at Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago on Friday
before releasing the teaser-trailer, "This movie is about this new generation,
what they have inherited, the light and the dark, and are they ready?"
He told Reuters that the goal was to create something that gives a sense of
surprise and thrill and heartbeat and shock and awe," and also a feeling of
Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) returns in this last film despite Carrie Fisher's
death after the shooting for the trilogy's most recent film, the Last Jedi.
How? Abrams says he put together old leftover, unused footages for a sequence
in the new story.
"Leia lives in this film in a way that is kind of mind-blowing to me," Abrams
Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd will reprise her role as Lieutenant Connix in
the new film. She will be seen with her late mother! She had played roles with
her late mother in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as well.
Abrams said, "The crazy thing is, and I say this emotionally, every day it
hits me that she's not here. But it is so surreal because we are working with
her still... Princess Leia lives in this film in a way that is kind of mind-blowing
"With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, (and brother Todd
Fisher!) we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode
IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII,” Abrams said. Does
The teaser-trailer also shows a hug between Princess Leia (Carrie Fischer)
and Rey (Daisy Ridley). And the return of emperor Palpatine.
Star Wars: Episode IX is set to premiere on December 20, 2019.