It's hard to imagine, but it's already been a few years since the legendary Carrie Fisher passed away. Fisher died in December of 2016, shortly after wrapping her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Her generations of fans haven't stopped mourning the late actress/writer, and the Star Wars community has been especially supportive of her daughter Billie Lourd. Lourd is an actress herself, playing Lt. Connix in the sequel trilogy. And she recently opened up about how excited her mother was about The Rise of Skywalker before her death.
The original trio of Star Wars actors returned for the sequel trilogy: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill. Each of these actors got their own movie to star in, starting with Ford in The Force Awakens, followed by Hamill in The Last Jedi. As such, The Rise of Skywalker was originally supposed to be very Leia-centric, although her tragic death changed things. But Fisher was excited about Episode IX before her death. As Billie Lourd put it:
Doesn't that just break your heart? Carrie Fisher's name is synonymous with her role as Leia in Star Wars, and she's gave a lot to the fans over the years. She deserved to be excited for a bigger role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It's just a shame that we'll never see what that might have been.
While Carrie Fisher is a public persona, Billie Lourd knew the real woman behind the hair buns. She wasn't Leia, Fisher was simply her mother. And while the fans are still morning her untimely death, it's obviously been far more harrowing for her loved ones.
Billie Lourd recently wrote a beautiful tribute to her mother for Time.
Well, that's certainly a powerful sentiment. Billie Lourd understands just how much her mother, and General Leia, mean to the generations of rabid Star Wars fans out there. And since Carrie Fisher passed away at the young age of 60 years old, it's up to her daughter to carry on the legacy of the beloved heroine. Especially since she also lost her grandmother Debbie Reynolds at the same time.
Later in her article, Billie Lourd opened about her mother's role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and how touched she was that Leia's story would have a proper ending. She wrote,
Well, this is certainly going to get the fandom excited. It looks like Carrie Fisher's General Leia will have a fitting ending in The Rise of Skywalker. The character will be included in Episode IX through unused footage from the previous movies. What her story will entail is a mystery, but Billie Lourd is personally thrilled. Andcoming from the new keeper of Leia, that's saying something.
All of our questions will be answered when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list for your trips to the theater in the New Year.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.