Carrie Fisher knew J.J. Abrams was destined to direct “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”.
On Monday, the director appeared on Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, where he talked about the late star.
“She was the greatest,” Abrams said. “And we knew that there was no way that we could finish this Skywalker saga without Leia. It was impossible. And we knew we’d never want to do a digital Leia and of course couldn’t recast it.”
Thankfully, Abrams and his crew found the perfect way to feature Fisher in the final “Star Wars” saga entry.
“I remembered we had these scenes that we had shot in ‘The Force Awakens’ that we’d never used, which at the time I was really upset that we weren’t using them because it was Carrie and it was Leia and how do you not use them? But it just didn’t work in the movie,” Abrams explained. “And weirdly, those scenes were material that we 100 per cent realized that could be used to tell her story in this film. So every time you’re seeing Leia in scenes with characters it’s Carrie in this movie.
“And I still can’t quite believe that she’s gone, because we’ve been working on these scenes in editorial and she’s as there as anyone. It’s really uncanny,” he added.
That’s when Abrams revealed that Fisher may have actually left him a cryptic message about directing the latest “Star Wars” film.
“I wasn’t supposed to work on this film, and she passed away before ‘The Last Jedi’ was released, and she wrote this book,” he said. “She thanked me at the very end, she says, ‘Special thanks to J.J. Abrams, for putting up with me twice.’ And I had never worked with her before ‘The Force Awakens’ and I wasn’t supposed to direct Episode IX.”
Also during the interview, Colbert asks Abrams a series of hilariously absurd “fan theories,” but because of all the secrecy surrounding “The Rise of Skywalker”, the director has to stay mum on the answers.