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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrived in theaters this weekend, bringing an end to the franchise as we know it. J.J. Abrams was tasked with completing the nine-film narrative that began with A New Hope, and give Carrie Fisher's Leia a proper ending. This was done by utilizing unused footage from the late actress' appearance in The Force Awakens, and it looks like there might be even more footage of Fisher out there.
Carrie Fisher was able to wrap production on both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi before her surprising death in 2016. And when it was announced that she'd still appear in The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams revealed there was enough unused footage of to craft the character's final outing. But it turns out there is even more of Leia that might pop up through deleted scenes. As The Rise of Skywalker writer Chris Terrio recently explained,
Well, that's intriguing. Carrie Fisher's scenes in The Rise of Skywalker were powerful and bittersweet because of her legacy, so fans would no doubt love to see additional footage that didn't make it into the theatrical cut. But what could they be?
Writing around Carrie Fisher must have been a very specific challenge for Chris Terrior and and co-writer J.J. Abrams. The footage of the late actress/writer was finite, so her scene partners' dialogue needed to be written with the intention of forming an organic conversation. As such, Terrior knows the script well, and can recall additional scenes that didn't make into The Rise of Skywalker. In fact, he was really fond of certain sequences.
Later in his conversation with The Wrap, Chris Terrio spoke to the process of writing The Rise of Skywalker in order to properly honor Carrie Fisher's performance. As he put it,
It should be interesting to see what those sequences are, and if they end up being released when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives for home purchase. It would obviously be expensive to finish the visual effects on said scenes, but it would also give the fans even more time with the beloved late icon Carrie Fisher. Because no one's really ever gone.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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 CinemaBend. 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 famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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