I guess we will never really know what Star Wars: Episode 9 would have been like had Carrie Fisher not died so suddenly and so young after finishing filming The Last Jedi. At that point, Colin Trevorrow and not J.J. Abrams was directing, and it is expected that the script and overall story were very different under Trevorrow. We have even heard from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, that Episode 9 was supposed to be Fisher’s big movie and that 7 was Ford, 8 was Hamill.
Now Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher has been speaking to Yahoo Movies and talked a little about what was supposed to happen in Episode 9. Check it out.
“She was going to be the big payoff in the final film, she was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak. That’s cool right? People used to say to me, ‘Why is it that Carrie never gets a lightsaber and chops up some bad guys,’ Obi-Wan was in his prime when he was Carrie’s age!”
Hmm, having read all the things Todd has said previously since Carrie’s death, I tend to find him a little unreliable as a narrator of events. I remember not long after The Last Jedi, just around when Abrams was brought back on for 9, he was saying very different things about how Carrie would be included in the final episode after her untimely death. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I just think he can sometimes add a lot of his own feelings in when describing events that concerns his late sister.
I do have a hard time imagine Leia suddenly after two movies of hardly using The Force, picking up a lightsaber and taking on the First Order as some sort of Jedi Master. This would, for a start, negate the whole MacGuffin of The Force Awakens, why go after Luke if Leia is a Jedi Master herself, why could she not train Rey in The Last Jedi? Why couldn’t Leia move the rocks at the end of The Last Jedi and it had to be Rey? However, saying all that, if we were going to back to page one of The Force Awakens I think Abrams made a mistake not making Leia a pretty powerful Jedi in her own right, even if she never fully completed her training and dedicated he life to it like her brother Luke did.
Todd Fisher also gave us a little more on exactly how Carrie is being brought back for this December’s The Rise of Skywalker.
“The truth is that J.J. Abrams was great friends with Carrie… he had an extraordinary sense of love for her. They had eight minutes of footage, they grabbed every frame and analyzed it… and then reverse-engineered it and got it into the story the right way. It’s kind of magical. This is, in its own way, a payoff. … It’s Carrie talking to us all from beyond. The beautiful thing about the concept of the Force is that there is no real death; you just exist in another dimension. So Carrie is looking down or sideways or wherever and is still part of us. To be able to see that — it’s magical stuff only in the movies.”
I guess we can only judge how well this all works when we see the movie this December, though I will certainly give them more leeway with anything Leia related as it’s simply a tragic set of circumstances which cannot be avoided, no matter how skilled the writers or directors are, there are hard limits to what can be done.
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SOURCE: Yahoo Movies