When the actress suddenly passed away in December 2016, fans and the franchise were dealt a huge blow. Not only was Leia one of the most beloved characters of the triple-trilogy movies (or any movie, for that matter), it was believed she would have been central to Episode 9. The Force Awakens was for Han, The Last Jedi for Luke and The Rise of Skywalker was intended to be for Leia. Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy made it clear there would be no computer generated reincarnation, like Tarkin in Rogue One. Now, exciting leaks have revealed how many ways Carrie’s performance as Leia will be brought back to life.
A major new report in Star Wars News Net explained how they would be going far beyond the unused deleted footage from The Force Awakens.
The leak said: “They are combining clips. There will also be no horrible digi-double that was used for Leia in Rogue One. This is all being done in what we call “comp.”
“There will be some digital work done (ageing, hair) so her face and body match, but not the uncanny valley like Tarkin in Rogue One. They will be changing her hair or adding wrinkles as she looked very different between TFA and TLJ.”
The leaks added: “Only using deleted scenes would have limited what Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio could do with Leia in the movie. Now while they may be re-using existing shots of Fisher from The Force Awakens, they are adding effects to them, including ageing, lighting, and hair changes.
“This observation falls right in line with what my contact told me about how they are handling varying parts of Fisher as well as the environment (background) they put her in.
“To summarise, we now know they are not just using unused footage of Fisher, but a body double to place Leia on location, and even incorporating retooled existing in-movie shots from the previous films into The Rise of Skywalker.”
This is all separate from the previous comments made by the actress’ brother, Todd Fisher, who claimed deleted cuts would also be used from The Last Jedi. This has still not been verified.
Furthermore, there have also been recent rumours a voice double might be used to add new lines of dialogue that could be inserted into scenes using old footage of Carrie. This remains unverified, if highly likely.