Not only will Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker mark the end of a nine-part saga that began in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope, but it will be the last time we see the great Carrie Fisher on the big screen. Of course, as was promised by Lucasfilm following Fisher’s passing, they would not be doing a digital recreation of the character, as was done in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Instead, they would be utilizing unused footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to make it work.
Of course, this would take a lot of work from J.J. Abrams and his writing team. Not only is writing hard enough as it is, but to try and write scenes around the footage originally shot for different scenes is an even more ridiculous task. Abrams called the process as a “bizarre kind of left side/right side of the brain sort of Venn diagram thing, of figuring out how to create the puzzle based on the pieces we had.” It was “as if we were doing a re-shoot and doing someone’s side, which happens all the time.”
But they were careful to integrate as seamlessly as possible, using plenty of digital patchwork in everything around her — while still making sure her performance wasn’t touched. You’ll see her physically interacting with other characters in the film, including that one shot in the trailer of her hugging Rey, and in scenes with her daughter Billie Lourd.
“I hope when people see it, they are not thinking about that,” Abrams told the outlet. “Of course, some will, but I think it’s one of those things. It sort of goes away after a moment, because it’s not quite a magic trick; it’s sort of more of a trick of editing.”
Damn. I was just expecting to see some shots of her inserted in conversations. I wasn’t expecting all sorts of interaction and digital patchwork. Now I WILL be paying attention to it — but with the best hopes that it closes out her character beautifully.
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SOURCE: Vanity Fair