“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” director J.J. Abrams revealed that Fisher, known for her iconic role as Leia, shares some touching scenes with her daughter, Billie Lourd, in the final film in the trilogy.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair published on Wednesday, Abrams opens up about how shocked and sad they were after Fisher’s death. The actress died on Dec. 27, 2016 at the age of 60 after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. To complete the trilogy, Abrams used old footage of Fisher for Episode IX and initially decided to cut Lourd — who portrays Resistance officer Lieutenant Connix — out of the scenes, thinking it would be too painful for her to see herself with her late mother.
However, Lourd told Abrams that she wanted to be in them.
“There are moments where they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching,” Abrams shares of the two on screen. “There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would.”